Back in 1992, a 20-year-old rapper named Common Sense dropped his little-heard debut album Can I Borrow a Dollar?, produced primarily by fellow Chicago resident No I.D. Since then, 22 years have passed and both have found immense success, one as rapper-actor Common and the other as a producer-turned-Def Jam VP. Now, the pair have reunited for a new LP Nobody Smiling that Common describes as a "call to action" on the gangland violence in Chicago.
You can listen to "War," the first single from the project, above. It's an excellent throwback to Common's hard-hitting early material and a sobering reminder that Chicago is sadly doing its best to earn the new nickname "Chiraq."