Celebrity Interview with Common


Frank Ski Interviews Common About His New Album Addressing the Violence in His Hometown Chicago

Two-time Grammy Award-winning rapper and actor, Common has fulfilled a life-long goal with the announcement of his signing with No IDs Artium/Def Jam Recordings. Common’s leading track Kingdom featuring Vince Staples is out now with the recent release of his album Nobody’s Smiling on July 22nd.

Nobody’s Smiling commemorates the 20th anniversary of Common’s break through album “Resurrection” (1994) with his signature tracks “Resurrection” and “I Used To Love H.E.R.” Nobody’s Smiling is Common’s first new album since his last released album in 2011 The Dreamer/The Believer. Common has been working with No I.D. for a long time and is appreciated for his work according to Def Jam Recordings.  No I.D. says that Common’s tenth album shows a matured side of Common along with his ambition as a cultural ambassador. His energy in this album and is a tremendous boost for Def Jam Recordings and the hip-hop world.

Common has developed as an actor throughout his career in over a dozen films. He has starred in American Gangster (2007), Street Kings (2008), Terminator Salvation (2009), and Date Night (2010).

Common was inspired by his hometown in Chicago for the album Nobody’s Smiling. Common says that signing with Def Jam and creating his new album are a new beginning for him. He says, “I feel like a new artist because I created this album with the purpose to give back to my city and to the culture of hip hop.” He also says that with Def Jam being a part of the foundation of hip hop and working with No I.D. was returning to his foundation now with new energy and new hunger.

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