Common Taps Jhené Aiko for New Song ‘Blak Majik’: Listen

By Courtney E. Smith

A new track from Common’s forthcoming album Nobody’s Smiling has leaked.

“Blak Majik,” the new song, features rising urban star Jhené Aiko on the chorus and with a verse of her own.

But don’t think the presence of a girl on the track means Common turned it down; if anything, it’s one of the Chicago rapper’s hardest tracks in some time.

Related: Jhene Aiko Laments the Struggle of a Stressful Relationship in ‘The Pressure’: Listen

“Jhené Aiko is an artist who I really respect,” Common told Rap-Up TV. “I think she has a unique voice in music and culture. When I say unique voice, not only is it her singing voice but her perspective — who she is, what she offers to the world is something that’s very, very special.”


Common goes on to refer to the track, produced by No I.D., as a “hard song, but also feel good. It’s fun.”

Nobody Smiling hits stores on July 22. Meanwhile, Aiko’s major label debut Souled Out comes next month.


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