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Common: Nobody's Smiling
Buy! - (ARTium/Def Jam)
This Chicago rapper’s 10th studio album was inspired by his hometown’s epidemic of violence. It’s an often-powerful set of bleak, hard-hitting hip hop produced by longtime off-and-on collaborator No I.D., featuring a mostly dark sound with ominous synths and cold beats accompanying gritty, descriptive raps of hard times in the Windy City. Guests include up-and-coming rappers Lil Herb, Dreezy and Vince Staples. 7/25/2014 - Don Yates
Other Common album reviews:

The Dreamer/The Believer - 1/13/2012
Be - 5/18/2005
Electric Circus - 12/15/2002
Like Water For Chocolate - 4/15/2000