No I.D. To Produce The Entirety Of Common's "The Dreamer, The Believer"

Building on the success of "Ghetto Dreams," Com explains that he enlisted No I.D. for the rest of his Warner Bros. debut.

After releasing the No I.D.-produced “Ghetto Dreams” featuring Nas over the weekend, Common is reteaming with the beatsmith. In an interview with MTV News, the Chicago, Illinois native reveals that No I.D. will produce the entirety of his upcoming Warner Bros. Records debut, The Dreamer, The Believer.

“That was the first song we did for the album," he said of “Ghetto Dreams.” "No I.D. said, 'I got something for you.' He played that beat, I was like, 'Oh, sh--.' I kind of hopped into it, like a zone, a character almost [while] writing it. It was just so raw, something like '95, but new sounding. Then he put up this Nas vocal [sample] going, 'Ghetto dreams,' and then I was like, 'Oh sh--.' "

He recalled writing the track, explaining that he slipped into character. “I decided to write about ghetto dreams just in a way that was raw," Common said. "I almost approached it like I was a character because I don't smoke cigarettes and blah, blah, blah. But I still was talking about those things 'cause it's like, if I step in the shoes of myself and my other friends and people that just dream about higher things coming from a tougher place. I told it in respect to the relationship I got with my lady, it's ill. It's not a love song or none of that; it's just raw. It's ill lyrics man, I'm telling you."

No I.D. was recording with Nas when he played him the rough track, prompting Esco to hop on the cut. “Once Nas heard that — No ID played it for them 'cause they was working — and Nas was like, 'I'll get on that,’” he continued. "And Nas is my favorite MC, so that was a blessing."

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16 Comments

  • saint

    No I.D. Top 5 of all times yeah I said it

  • Anonymous

    It's been a long time but finally Com is going back to having No ID as his only producer. Kanye and Neptunes did some great work for Com though. New album will be very reminiscent of 90s Com.

  • DMV Dave

    My daughter hates Weezy/ Com found the old Yeezy...

  • Mr Flamboyant

    The light bulb went off for this nigga finally. (shaking my head)... Man it took this for him to realize he needs No I.D. on the boards to take it back. Cause truthfully Ressurection and One Day It'll All Make Sense are his coldest and classic albums along with Like Water For Chocolate which is mainly done by the late great Dilla Dawg. Kanye was cool... but Kanye produced albums don't light a candle to the other gods. Thank you, Common.

  • joe

    REAL HIP HOP (real hip hop)

  • Anonymous

    dope! We heard how good Big Sean (a sub-par rapper) can make a good album with No ID beats, show em how its done common!

  • kayel18

    Even though this is great news...i still wanna hear Common and Kanye collab because let's be honest those two make magic together. Nothin against No. I.D. cuz dude is a fantastic producer, but i was hopin to hear more common raps over kanye beats. BE is one of my favorite albums of all time.

  • @tlast

    want my old shit, buy my old album.... could've sworn this was recorded in 01 or something. the secret to new shit is the drums man. mr.just blaze upped the ante on hiphop drums. they didn't murder this, (common, nas, no i.d) they just threw it back...let's be honest.

    • hip hop

      lets break it down...NO ID murdered that beat....fuck throwing back these kinda beats whether b sounding like 01 can still get us moving forward...as for common and Nas...I dig their flows not the subject matter....this kind of beat they were supposed to sum FOOD FOR FUNK and NAS IS LIKE......

    • James Vega

      Cole... You stupid

  • Charles ExSavior

    I Used To Love H.E.R. is better than any Kanye and Common collab, so I'm definitely looking forward to No I.D. producing an entire album.

  • Anonymous

    Great news! The Nas track was amazing and I'm looking forward to hear more of this quality tracks. Both are incredible artists.

  • cH8

    Finally Common is waking up out of his Hollywood slumber. Com got rich and started acting like a sucka. NO I.D. is a legend, but that Big Sean joint is queer rap. Hopefully that's out of his system. This is what I'm waiting for. That "Ghetto Dreams" got me sold. Last Common album should have been sold at Barnes & Noble, shit was wheat grass.

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