(Art: Theotis Jones )
Combat Jack says: On the eve of releasing his tenth album Nobody’s Smiling , Common revisits his days growing up in Chicago, being inspired by Michael Jordan, house music, Chicago mayor Harold Washington, Rev. Jeremiah Wright and how this album addresses the current plight of black on black crime in the Windy City. Also, what it means to reunite with No I.D. , being haunted by the ghost of Emmett Til and the very real and deep mystical powers of the phenomena known as “Badu Box.” So much wasn’t covered — 90 minutes wasn’t enough — but you won’t hear this type of Common interview anywhere else on the planet.