Nobody’s Smiling is Common’s first effort since 2011’s The Dreamer, The Believer. With his 10th studio album Common has officially reached a level of longevity that has is rivaled by few. Throughout the ups and downs of his career, Common’s integrity has remained intact and everyone has benefited from that, us and the artist included.
Common has stated that the inspiration for Nobody’s Smiling was the violence and overall mood in his hometown of Chicago. While we look at the city’s occurrence of events from an outsiders point of view, Common offers a more in depth look into life growing up in Chicago. And he brings some of the young rappers that are as close to the violence as possible along for the ride. Here are the best quotables from Common’s Nobody’s Smiling.