Common drops ‘Kingdom’ his new single from his upcoming 10th album Nobody’s Smiling. The concept album is completely produced by previous collaborator No I.D. The inspiration for the album is said to have come from his troubled home-town of Chicago. No I.D. nails the beat with layered vocals under the triumphant soul sample. Common will always come with a relevant, concious message in his bars and this is no different, “You said that the last shall be first, now I’m in a hearse, what’s this cash really worth?”.
The highlight of this track for me is Vince Staples who absolutely smashes his feature. The rising Def Jam rapper, who killed his verse and stole the show on Earl Sweatshirt’s ‘Hive’ last year, has the best bars on this single. I really like the mix of Common’s old head and the fresh, young Staples. NoBody’s Smiling is yet to get a release date from G.O.O.D Music but I’m excited to hear more from this project.