Common is hoping to evoke the change he wants to see come to his hometown of Chicago with a new track titled “War,” produced by No I.D. “We must save our babies!” he proclaimed while sharing the song’s artwork on Monday night.
The 41-year-old emcee/actor has officially embarked on his Nobody’s Smiling era, from which his 10th studio album will be released sometime this year.
War’s drums pound as Common reflects on the violence that’s been shredding Chicago’s inner-city.
“Seen slugs and drugs and unemployment / Terror town y’all was my first deployment / The life of a soldier ain’t nothin to toy wit / I’m living this shit while the world exploit it — War.”
Listen & Download: Common – “War”
The song closes with the rapper stating the following:
“‘Nobody’s Smiling’ was really a thought that came about because of all the violence that was going on in Chicago… or that is going on. I like to say ‘was’ ’cause we gonna bring it into fruition and it’s gonna stop. And all the violence that was going on, and it happens in Chicago but it’s happening around the world in many ways. It may not be to the numbers that’s happening in Chicago but it’s happening in the inner cities all over America. So we sum up the conditions of what’s happening when I said ‘Nobody’s Smiling’ but it’s really a call-to-action.”
Common and No I.D. most recently collaborated on the producer’s Cocaine 80s track “Fly Ass Pisces,” with James Fauntleroy and Jhené Aiko.