It's been three years since Common's 2011 The Dreamer/The Believer hit shelves and now the Chicago rapper is making some big changes.
"Common and I have a long history of making great music together,” said Def Jam EVP/co-head of A&R, 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 also said in a statement, “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.”
He will be releasing his tenth studio effort Nobody's Smiling on July 22. He was previously signed to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music roster.