At the end of the day, Common and Kanye gave us Be nearly a decade ago. And for that album, I’m eternally grateful as it sticks to the ribs just as much now as it did when it dropped in 2005.
All that being said, it’s been nearly impossible to imagine Com and G.O.O.D. Music being two peas in a pod in quite sometime. Sitting down with none other than Sway for a special edition of MTV RapFix, Com Sense revealed Nobody’s Smiling was created through the tutelage and guidance of childhood friend No I.D.
In fact, Kanye had nothing to do with the project mainly because Com is no longer dealing with G.O.O.D. from a business aspect. Listening to him tell it, the logic makes sense. Kanye’s Kanye and who knows what motivates that guy these days seeing as how he’s a blowfish and all. Plus, he’s married, a father and hellbent on taking over the world. So Com went where he felt his music would be made a priority and here we are now.
Of note, however, Lonnie notes Kanye’s still his brother and no hard feelings exist.
Of heightened importance, Com and Sway delve into the topic of Chicago, specifically the infamous black eye of violence in Chicago. He notes bad news always drives the highest ratings, which is why the city’s darker side is always magnified across the country. There is truth in the statement, too.
A few weeks ago, a good friend of mine (who lives in Chi-Town) reflected the same sentiment. Violence in Chicago is a problem and the areas that are afflicted are in dire need of a change. Too many young kids are losing their lives and far too many innocent lives are forced into early graves because of a sick obsession with guns and a warped view of what “survival” truly represents. But it’s a select area of the city. Far removed from the areas that are always broadcasted with yellow tape, his neighborhood represents the polar opposite and it occasionally freaks him out to know only miles away this war zone is erupting. But, again, it’s not the entire city ravaged by lawlessness as the stereotype would lead one to believe.
He went on to talk about gentrification and how low income families are being pushed further and further away from the city. But anywho, Common and Sway go on to speak of rap’s responsibility and ability to relay the message of the streets to homes across the country as well as an upcoming show detailing inner city violence he’s producing called A Conversation With.
Other topics are discussed, too, but it’s best to let the Windy City Veteran explain it himself.