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.
“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.