Common, Kanye West

This much has been obvious for a few years already, like when Common dropped 2011’s The Dreamer/The Believer outside of G.O.O.D. Music and made only one appearance on the crew’s Cruel Summer compilation. However, sitting down with Sway for a special edition of MTV RapFix this week, the long-time member confirmed that he’s no longer in business with Kanye’s label.

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While he assured that Ye is still “family,” even if they never make another song together, Common explained that “his focus was somewhere else” when he approached Kanye to work on his new album, Nobody’s Smiling — which is understandable, having just got married and welcomed a child into the world.

Instead, Com Sense teamed up with his close friend and long-time collaborator No I.D., who executive produced Nobody’s Smiling and released the album on his own Artium imprint through Def Jam. Simply put, it sounds like Common wanted to take his music where it would be treated as a priority.

Watch Common’s full interview with Sway below, where he also talks about being inspired by Chicago’s new crop of MCs, his past beefs with Drake and Ice Cube, and how the media can help curb the violence in his hometown.

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