Chicago rapper Common has opened up about his upcoming Believer album and said the solo project is slated to drop in the fall.
According to Common, the project will be co-produced by Kanye West and No I.D.
“It’s ‘good’ music,” he said. “The themes are street music and elevation, things that I feel like I always embody when I rap. But here there’s new situations, new solutions.” As far as production goes, Common says he’s working with No I.D. and Kanye West, both of which have produced a couple of his previous albums — “Be” and “Finding Forever,” “Resurrection” and “One Day It’ll All Make Sense” respectively. “I’m striving to get it out in the fall,” he said, adding that fans can expect a single by late summer or early fall. (Billboard)
Last December, the rapper said he was originally considering a summer release.
“I’m actually working with No I.D. and Twilite Tone and Kanye West. Man, we’re looking forward to making some powerful music,” Common explained in an interview. “I feel really excited, man. [Me and No I.D.] did some preliminary pre-production type stuff, and it just felt so good to be working with him. It felt like, ‘Man, life is really, really good.’ It’s full circle. You meet up with the person who’s partially responsible for beginning your career, and you’re like, ‘Man, this is really cool — that we meet at this place in our lives and our creative journeys and we really are enthused to work with each other.’ [Me and Kanye] know that we want to do some raw hip-hop. That’s exactly the direction and feel we want, so that’s the basis of it. ‘Ye and I definitely know we want to do some pure hip-hop. I’m looking for an early summer release.” (Entertainment Weekly)
His ninth LP will provide fans with a return to his raw hip-hop roots.
“For Believer, it was creating raw music, raw hip-hop,” he said in an interview. “I just wanted to create good hip-hop music. When I create albums, they develop as I go along, ’cause I have different thoughts and visions. And then as you create the music, it takes its own personality and spirit to it. But the beginning of it is raw hip-hop, it’s just soulful…Twilite Tone and No I.D., they produced my first three albums and they were the first producers I worked with. And Kanye is an extension of them. Kanye always says No I.D. is his mentor. That’s how I met Kanye, through No I.D. So for me to have these three working on my album is going home again. But I’m always gonna offer something new and fresh.” (MTV)
The upcoming project will also mark his reunion with West, the producer responsible for 2005’s Be and 2007’s Finding Forever.
Be, a much tighter album that was produced primarily by Kanye West, followed in May 2005, netting four Grammy nominations. West remained on board for both Finding Forever (2007) and the lighter Universal Mind Control (2008), though The Neptunes dominated the latter. (All Music)
No further details have been revealed as of now.
Check out Common talking about music producers below: