Between Nipsey Hussle’s Crenshaw, Troy Ave’s New York City and Blu’s Good to Be Home, many rappers have been placing their hometowns at the heart of their projects lately. Having put on for his city for more than 20 years, Common is wearing Chicago on his sleeve — and on the cover — of his upcoming album, Nobody’s Smiling. While the veteran MC goes solo on the stone-cold standard edition, he’s joined by Lil Herb and King L (who are expected to appear on the LP) on the deluxe edition cover.

Executive produced by Common’s longtime collaborator No I.D., Nobody’s Smiling drops July 22 via Def Jam/Artium. The album has so far spawned “Kingdom” featuring Vince Staples, “Made In Black America” with Ab-Soul and the vicious solo cut “War.”

Check out the Nobody’s Smiling artwork below…



Deluxe (with Lil Herb and King L):


Related: New Video: Common Feat. Vince Staples “Kingdom”