Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

Common - War

DJBooth_logo2x
  • Artist: Common
  • Track: War
  • Producer: No I.D.

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.

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

BOTW-16x9--2-

Freddie Gibbs, Saweetie & Earl Sweatshirt: Best of the Week

Freddie Gibbs, Saweetie, and Earl Sweatshirt, among others, had the best new songs on Audiomack this week.

am-world-roundup-16x9--1-

5 New Albums You Need to Hear This Week

Press play on new projects from Kizz Daniel, KCee, D-Block Europe, Lancey Foux, and Slump6s.

Calboy-am-world-ah-16x9

Calboy Is a Trendsetter

Chicago rapper Calboy fuses a classic style with a fun personality. His story, which he breaks down for Audiomack World, mirrors the PUMA story.

Related