“Ghetto Dreams” f/ Nas

Produced by: No I.D.

Complex says: The first song recorded for the new album started out with just a Nas sample on the chorus. But Common and No I.D. soon decided to reach out to Nasty Nas, who stepped up as the only guest rapper on the album.

“This album is not about no features,” Common explained. “but realistically Nas is my favorite emcee.” The scratches on the record were done by Common’s long-time DJ Twilight Tone, making the record a family reunion of sorts.

“I hadn’t worked with No I.D. for like 8 or 9 years,” Common explained. “We really hadn’t talked that much either, so reconnecting with him—especially as we’ve both grown as human beings, men, and artists—reminded me what I love music for and why I love hip-hop. It’s like, you’ve done this, you’ve been to the White House, you’ve done these things, but you’re still a hip-hop dude. It kind of was a good reminder.”