Common signs with No I.D. x Def Jam

In the least shocking artist/label news in recent history, Common has officially inked with No I.D.‘s Artium Records under the Def Jam umbrella. The news today is also accompanied by the official release date of Nobody’s Smiling – July 22nd. Great week for fans of Common, with “Kingdom” starting it off featuring Vince Staples. Make sure you listen to that before anything else today.

Says Common:

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.”

Says No I.D.:

Common and I have a long history of making great music together. 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.

ICYMI: Common “Kingdom” f/ Vince Staples