Simply put, that’s how Common prefaces his first new track of 2014 and first single off the upcoming album, Nobody’s Smiling – the Vince Staples-featured “Kingdom”. Right away, there is a monumental mood to the record with the church choir that always connects right with an artist like Common. Com proceeds to rhyme on personal experience of coming up in the streets and not wanting the same for his kids, most notably on the second verse and my instant favorite of the track. Staples’ verse is 3rd and sounds great in contrast to Common’s voice and the production. His delivery switches up a third of the way through and from then on, Vince definitely brought his A-game to match the living legend Com. Lastly, no confirmation just yet, but with how Common has been working with No I.D. on the new music (plus the producer’s connection to new Def Jam signee Vince Staples), plus the sound itself, I think it’s No I.D. behind the boards.
Instant *Tibs Fav. and a single you’ll definitely see more of… not necessarily on the radio or the Hot 100, but with the upcoming music video directed by Hype Williams. Watch the new trailer for that below as well.