July 22, 2014: Common releases “Nobody’s Smiling”

On this day in 2014 Common releases “Nobody’s Smiling”

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Nobody’s Smiling is the tenth studio album by American Hip Hop recording artist Common. The album was released on July 22, 2014, by Def Jam Recordings and No I.D.‘s label, ARTium Records. Following the release of his last album The Dreamer/The Believer (2011), Common took a hiatus from musical endeavors. In 2013, he returned to the studio and began work on his tenth album and later revealed that the production, much like his previous effort, would be handled entirely by his longtime collaborator and record producer No I.D.. In 2014, Common signed a recording contract with No I.D.’s ARTium Records, through Def Jam Recordings, for the distribution of the album.

The title and concept of the album was inspired by the violence and high crime rate in Common’s hometown of Chicago, Illinois. The album features guest appearances from Lil Herb, Big Sean, Jhené Aiko, Snoh Aalegra, Dreezy, Elijah Blake, Vince Staples and Cocaine 80s. The album was supported by three singles, “Kingdom” (featuring Vince Staples), “Speak My Piece” and “Diamonds” (featuring Big Sean). (Source Wikipedia)

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May 24, 2005: Common releases “Be”

On this day in 2005 Common releases “Be”

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Be is the sixth studio album by American rapper Common, released May 24, 2005 on GOOD Music and Geffen Records. Primarily produced by hip hop artist Kanye West, the album debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 album chart with 185,000 copies sold in its first week. It is Common’s second album to sell over 500,000 copies (over 800,000 copies sold) and was certified Gold by the RIAA. Be was also a critical success, receiving general praise and accolades from several critics and music publications. (Source & further reading Wikipedia)

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