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the legendary hip hop Chi-town artist Common has released the track listing for his upcoming new album “Nobody’s Smiling,” which is set to drop July 22nd. The album was produced by another legend, No I.D., and features guests like Jhene Aiko, Vince Staples, Big Sean and more. I’ve always been a Common fan at least when I came into this world (year of 92 to be exact) and have always appreciated the artistry from him and the talent that this man posesses. Before there was Kanye, there was Common. Respect the legend ! But peep the track listing from Common from his new album including the deluxe edition tracks :

1. The Neighborhood (Feat. Lil Herb & Cocaine 80s)
2. No Fear
3 Diamonds (Feat. Big Sean)
4. Blak Majik (Feat. Jhené Aiko)
5. Speak My Piece
6. Hustle Harder (Feat. Snoh Aalegra & Dreezy)
7. Nobody’s Smiling
8. Real (Feat. Elijah Blake)
9. Kingdom (Feat. Vince Staples)
10. Rewind That

Deluxe Edition:
11. Out On Bond (Feat. Vince Staples)
12. 7 Deadly Sings
13. Young Hearts Run Free (Feat. Cocaine 80s)

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Today’s throwback thursday is brought to you by one of my personal favorite groups of all time, OutKast. Coming with the classic “Rosa Parks,” which is off of “Aquemini,” released in 1999. The song was released in 1998 and it’s title comes from civil rights activist, Rosa Parks. Ms. Parks was not feeling the song and filed a law suit against the duo saying that the song misappropriated her name and she also objected against the vulgar language in the song. She also stated that the song’s lyrics did not reference her nor any of her work that she did. the suit was finally settled in 2005 for an undisclosed cash settlement and the duo agreed to to work with the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development in creating educational programs about the life of Rosa Parks. Despite the song’s legal issues, the song peaked at #55 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and was the first single released from the group’s “Aquemini” album. It’s one of my personal classics and favorites. Enjoy folks.