It's a homage to Chicago...

One of the most in demand rappers in the game, Common recently took the decision to change labels.

Signing to No I.D.'s Artium imprint, the MC is now able to focus on his forthcoming album. The studio work is complete, with new album 'Nobody's Smiling' set to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Common's breakthrough album 'Resurrection'.

"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 said: "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."

Seemingly an album inspired by his hometown of Chicago, Common has already placed new cut 'Kingdom' online. Boasting a guest appearance from Vince Staples, you can listen to it below:

'Nobody's Smiling' is set to be released on July 21st.

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