|Entertainer and activist Common releases a new album on Def Jam.|
Common signs to Def Jam with longtime producer No ID.
Common was fixture on Interscope/A&M/Geffen Records for a time being. He was signed with Kanye West's Getting Out Our Dreams Music label for three releases.
After departure from GOOD, it appears that he decides to jump onto the Def Jam label for a release of his newest album called Nobody Smiling.
The album, which Common revealed was originally going to be an EP, is set to feature Vince Staples, James Fauntleroy and "some new artists from Chicago." The concept of the album was inspired by his troubled hometown of Chicago: "We came up with this concept 'nobody's smiling.' It was really a thought that came about because of all the violence in Chicago," he says. "It happens in Chicago, but it's happening around the world in many ways." He continues, "We was talking about the conditions of what's happening, when I say 'nobody's smiling.' But it's really a call to action."
Common is an active member of Trinity United Church of Christ. The church was controversial during the 2008 U.S. Presidential Elections when Jeremiah Wright spoke about the 9/11 attacks and racial injustice in America. That cause such a firestorm, then senator Barack Obama had to resign from the church.
Common was invited to the White House to speak some poetry and That Guy Who Helped Obama Win was on radio bitching and complaining about First Lady Michelle Obama.
That Guy had the nerve to call Common a "cop killer".