Byron Dixon| BKD TV
After a brief hiatus BKD TV is back with our album reviews, 2014 has been a generally quiet year as far as album releases go but this week we have a new material to examine. One of hip hop’s pioneer’s and best MC’s Common has returned with his tenth studio album titled Nobody’s Smiling. The album is appropriately titled because it speaks to the current situation and unrest in Common’s hometown of Chicago. Common and producer No I.D. teamed up once again to deliver a soulful, thought provoking album that touches on various topic that don’t only touch Chicago but many other areas as well. The album’s first song The Neighborhood featuring Lil Herb givers a then and now perspective of how Chicago has changed but remained the same through the years. The album then progresses with songs Diamonds featuring Big Sen, Blak Majik featuring Jhene’ Aiko, and Hustle Harder. Common always just as he did with his latest piece of work shows his lyrical prowess and ability to spread a positive message while delivering lyrical genius. Tracks Real featuring Elijah Blake, Rewind That, and Kingdom featuring Vince Staples attack the essence of the album and relay real life situations. The album closes out with 7 Deadly Sins and Young Hearts Run Free to properly end a solid album production and to help cement Common’s legacy as one of the best MC’s to touch a mic and one who can still put together GOOD Music and evolve with the times.