*Common has a new record label home.
The two-time Grammy winner has reunited with his longtime friend and collaborator No I.D. to become the latest artist on his Artium/Def Jam Recordings label, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The first fruit from the deal will be Common’s new album, “Nobody’s Smiling,” set for a July 22 release. The lead single, “Kingdom,” featuring Vince Staples, is out now. [Scroll down to listen.]
The album marks a creative reunion between the hip-hop icon and No I.D., Def Jam’s evp and co-head of A&R, who produced the rapper’s first three albums on then-indie Relativity Records.
Executive produced by No I.D., “Nobody’s Smiling” commemorates the 20th anniversary of Common’s breakthrough album, 1994’s “Resurrection,” with its signature title track and “I Used to Love H.E.R.” It’s the first new album for him since 2011’s “The Dreamer/The Believer.”
“Common and I have a long history of making great music together,” said No I.D. “His rich legacy and robust talent are perfect additions to the Def Jam family. It’s particularly significant that he’s coming under our roof for his 10th album as a matured artist and cultural ambassador. It’s a tremendous boost for the spirit of Def Jam as well as the world of hip-hop.”
Common explains the new album title was inspired by his troubled hometown of Chicago: “I’m honored to team up with No I.D. and be a part of the Artium and Def Jam family. Creating this album and signing to Def Jam feels like a new beginning for me. 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. Def Jam is part of the foundation of hip-hop and being able to work with No I.D. was returning to my foundation now with new energy and new hunger.”
Listen to the song and watch a trailer for its music video below: