Don't call it a comeback, even though it's been a few years, but Common is gearing up to drop his 10th studio album this year.


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Chi-Town lyricist Common is set to make his return to music with his 10th album, Nobody’s Smilin. In a recent interview with Revolt TV Common revealed his new project will be out before the end of the year.  It’s been a longtime coming too, because this will be the rapper/actor’s first studio project since his 2011 The Dreamer/The Believer.



Common said of his new album,  “I gotta say 2014 is going to be one of my greatest times in music. I feel excited about the project that I’m working on.”  Originally I was making an EP, but we’ve just been making a lot of songs.”

Meanwhile, the veteran emcee said the concept for his new LP is based on trying to end the ongoing violence consuming his hometown and inner cities across the world. Common explained, "Nobody’s Smiling’ was really a thought that came about because of all the violence that was going on in Chicago”  We were talking about the conditions of what’s happening when I said ‘Nobody’s Smiling,’ but it’s really a call to action.”

Though his new album is definitely a ‘call to action’, Common had props to hand out to the new crop of rising rappers from his hometown.   Find out what he had to say below inside Tha Wire.

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In other news and speaking of which of new music, the much anticipated Wu-Tang Clan reunion album is apparently close to being released!  While there is still no official release date, according to the group’s Twitter account the ‘A Better Tomorrow’ album is “coming soon.”  This will be the legendary groups first album since their 2007′s 8 Diagrams.

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Finally, Queen Latifah’s return to daytime television has been a huge success. The diva recently got good news from the execs at CBS as her talk show has been renewed for a second season.  John Weiser, president of U.S. distribution for Sony Pictures Television said of Latifah's show, “We look forward to building on the success of this year’s No. 1 new talk show by delivering the highest quality program to our stations, advertisers and viewers."

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Latifah’s guests have included the likes of Nicki Minaj, Snoop Dogg, Kelly Rowland, and Mary J. Blige.  With more faboulus guest and content still to come in the near future.