Common has announced that his upcoming album, Nobody’s Smiling, is slated to be released July 22. 

The effort, set to be executive produced by No I.D., carries a title that is reportedly meant to address violence in Chicago, Illinois. 

Nobody’s Smiling’s first single, the Vince Staples-assisted “Kingdom,” was released last week. The cut was referenced by Common as the “start of something great.” 

As reported earlier today (June 5), Common has spoken about the album and his new deal with Artium/Def Jam. 

“I’m honored to team up with No I.D. and be a part of the Artium and Def Jam family,” he said in a press release.‎ “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.”

(June 5, 2014)

UPDATE: The standard and deluxe album cover art for Common’s forthcoming Nobody’s Smiling album has been released. They are as follows, as is a video about the creation of the cover art.

(June 25, 2014)

UPDATE #2: The tracklist for Nobody’s Smiling is below, via 2DopeBoyz

1. The Neighborhood f. Lil Herb & Cocaine 80s
2. No Fear
3 Diamonds f. Big Sean
4. Blak Majik f. Jhené Aiko
5. Speak My Piece
6. Hustle Harder f. Snoh Aalegra & Dreezy
7. Nobody’s Smiling
8. Real f. Elijah Blake
9. Kingdom f. Vince Staples
10. Rewind That

Deluxe edition:

11. Out On Bond f. Vince Staples
12. 7 Deadly Sings
13. Young Hearts Run Free f. Cocaine 80s

(June 29, 2014)

UPDATE #3: A preview of Nobody’s Smiling is below via Beats Music and XXL

1. Blak Majik (f. Jhene Aiko)*
2. Hustle Harder (f. Snoh Aalegra and Dreezy)*
3. Real (f. Elijah Blake)*
4. Kingdom
5. Speak My Peace
6. Diamonds

The link for the playlist, which features the tracks above is here.

The playlist is set to be available July 18-July 21. 

(July 18, 2014)

UPDATE #4: The stream of Common’s Nobody’s Smiling album is available.

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