Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top 5 Chart Week Ending 08:01:14
1) Common Nobody's Smiling (Island/Def Jam)
2) Quasimoto "Planned Attack" / Talkin' Shit" [Picture Disc] (7") (Stones Throw)
3) Madlib Rock Konducta 1 & 2 CD (Madlib Invasion)
4) Cormega Mega Philosophy (Slimstyle)
5) Madlib Pinata Beats (Madlib Invasion)
The brand new hip-hop chart from the Hollywood Amoeba Music store finds longtime Chicago emcee / actor / poet to the president Common in the number one position with his tenth studio album Nobody's Smiling (Island/Def Jam).
Fittingly the theme of this latest full-length from the Windy City artist is Chicago itself in which, as the Amoeba.com reviews, Common examines, "the city’s historically high crime rate but also its sense of pride, there’s no better man to take us through it than Common, whose career as an intellectually leaning yet nearly always relatable presence in hip-hop comes to maximum fruition on Nobody’s Smiling." And the ten track album, which Amoeba accurately calls "a fine return to form for Common," is indeed a strong album - one that should appeal to new and old school hip-hop heads - that features fellow Chicago native No I.D.’s perfectly complimentary production along with well chosen guest spots from such artists as Big Sean, Elijah Blake, Jhené Aiko, Snoh Aalegra, Dreezy, Malik Yusef and Vince Staples (see video for his cameo on the track "Kingdom" above) along with thought-provoking lyrics from Common (the master who brought us the classic "I Used To Love H.E.R.") like these from the title track: