"2014 will one of my greatest times in music," the prolific wordsmith promised during a sit-down with REVOLT before a recent show at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. Why is he feeling this way? Well, Common is actually prepping the arrival of his 10th studio album, Nobody Smiling—a title that stays true to enriching his troubled hometown of Chicago.
"I feel excited about the project that I'm working on. It's called Nobody Smiling and it's an album that originally I was making an EP but, we've just been making a lot of songs–myself and No I.D.—and I liked the direction," he admits.
Working alongside his longtime friend and collaborator, Common's brand new album will be a followup to his strong 2011 effort, The Dreamer/The Believer—an album also crafted with No I.D. Coincidentally, the new album will arrive on the 20th anniversary of Com and No I.D.'s excellent 1994 album, Resurrection, an album that cemented the duo as one of hip-hop's great rapper-producer tandems.
Speaking on the call-to-action concept of Nobody Smiling, Com says, "We came up with this concept Nobody Smiling [and it] was really a thought that came about because of all the violence that was going on in Chicago, or that is going on in Chicago. I like to say was because we're going to bring it into fruition that it's going to stop and all the violence that was going on and it happens in Chicago but it's happening around the world in many ways."
"It may not be to the numbers that's happening in Chicago but, it's happening in inner cities all over America," continued Common, before explaining, "So we were talking about the conditions of what's happening when I say Nobody Smiling, but it's really a call to action."
Though there's also been talk about Kanye West possibly being involved in the new LP, as of now, Nobody Smiling is set to only feature production work from No I.D.
See more from REVOLT's sit-down with Common above, and stay tuned for the forthcoming Nobody Smiling, out later this year.