Producer No I.D. has updated fans on the status of Common‘s forthcoming Believer album and said it could represent the rapper’s biggest release ever.
The Chicago-based hitmaker also said Believer was still in its early stages.
“With this record we’re trying to push the envelope a little farther,” I.D. said in an interview. “It has the potential to be one of Common’s biggest records. We’re still thinking of who to throw into the mix to add a different element to it.” (VIBE)
Common also said that he was going light on the album’s guest features.
“When someone goes to buy an artist’s record, you want to hit them with some good collaborations, but you don’t want to hear an entire album with everybody else., Me, No ID, Twilite Tone and Kanye can come up with a pure sound that could fulfill the album.” (VIBE)
Earlier this month, Common said he planned to break the rules in order to make “raw” records.
“Well the new album is called The Believer and I’m working on it,” Com explained in an interview. “It’s really just in the beginning stages but I been cooking up with No ID and Kanye West and my man Y-Not, who produced some of my earlier music. It’s really just essential boom bap hip-hop. I think I’m at a place where I wanna do some boom bap, raw sounding hip-hop that’s inspiring. I think that’s what people wanna hear. It’s gonna have some scratches, flows and everything because there aren’t too many rules to hip-hop. You think about what hip-hop brought that was so new was that it wasn’t really any rules to hip-hop. When I listen to Chuck D on ‘Rebel Without a Pause,’ he had like four verses on that song. It wasn’t about, like, ‘Okay, we gonna do 16 bars with an eight bar chorus.’ It was just like this is what I have to say and I’m gonna say it and it came out that way. They let it be natural and be raw and that’s what I want to have happen with my new album.” (XXL Mag)
Although summer is quickly approaching, the rapper recently said he is aiming for a fall release.
“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)
Check out Common speaking about music producers down below: