As the tongue-in-cheek nickname “Chiraq” implies, much of the Windy City is currently in a state of War. On a freshly-minted promotional single, local mainstay Common sets out to make the tragic consequences of socioeconomic strife as vivid to listeners as it is to him, a Southside native. After offering an up-close and personal look at the effects of gang violence on families in the hood, he zooms out to address the broader social context surrounding street crime, before spitting a few bars about his own formative years on the block (“My basic training was aiming, hustling, banging, changing n**gas up.”) Fellow Chicago vet No I.D provides a brassy, sampled backdrop for his verse. While not slated for inclusion on the project, this joint is sure to build fan anticipation for Nobody’s Smiling, the forthcoming, album-length collaboration between Common and No I.D.
Written by richard on 01/7/14
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