Common is raising awareness of the violence in his hometown, of Chicago, on his upcoming album, “Nobody Smiling.”
The rapper told Revolt TV that his 10th studio album, executive produced by No I.D., was inspired by the state of the inner cities of the U.S., including Chicago.
“‘Nobody Smiling’ was really a thought that came about because of all the violence that was going on in Chicago, or that is going on,” he says. “It happens in Chicago, but it’s happening around the world in many ways… It’s happening in the inner cities all over America. We were talking about the conditions of what’s happening when I said ‘Nobody Smiling,’ but it’s really a call to action.”
Soon after announcing the release of his 2014 album, Common debuted its first single, titled “War.” “Its time to help these kids!” Common tweeted, after its release.
Singers & Rappers Turned Actors
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1. Alicia Keys was smokin' hot in the 2006 movie 'Smokin' Aces' and 'Empire'.
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2. jJill Scott made her acting debut in the fourth season of 'Girlfriends'
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3. 50 Cent lost up to 54 pounds in order to accurately portray his emaciated character in the film All Things Fall Apart.
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4. Snoop Dogg has become an enduring fixture on the big screen as well as the small screen,
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5. Mos Def starred in Monster’s Ball, 16 Blocks, The Italian Job,The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Be Kind Rewind and more.
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6. LL Cool J has been in several movies and co-stars on a popular television series NCIS Los Angeles.
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7. T.I. had a supporting role in American Gangster and was one of the lead characters in Takers.
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8. DMX has parlayed his rough, rugged, and raw presence in to several movies.
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10. Andre 3000 has made numerous guest appearances on television. He scored the lead role in the Jimi Hendrix biopic.
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11. Lenny Kravitz and one of the sexiest men alive, made his debut in Precious.
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12. Ludacris was in 2 Fast 2 Furious but got rave reviews for 'Crash'
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13. Eminem turned to acting in the movie 8 Mile which was loosely based on his life.
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14. Whitney sissled on the silver screen in 'The Bodyguard'
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15. Ice-T found success in Law and Order SVU as Detective Tutuola
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16. Beyonce made her acting debut in MTV's 'Hip Hopera: Carmen'
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17. We watched Will Smith grow up on 'Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
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18. Jennifer Hudson got an Oscar for her role in Dreamgirls in her very first role.
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19. Ice Cube hit it big with his first major motion picture role in Boyz n the Hood.
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20. Queen Latifah made her venture into acting with a role in 'Jungle Fever'
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