In efforts to expand awareness of the devastating effects gun violence has and; has had on the City of Chicago, its citizens and communities, one of Chicago’s prominent Hip Hop artist/actor “Common”, who was born and raised on the city’s South Side released his 10th album “Nobody’s Smiling” which is a depiction of life in the streets of Chicago. Reed Jackson of “XXLMag” describes it as a “love letter to his home town, for all of its beauty and imperfections”.
Gun violence in Chicago didn’t ease up much over the weekend. Friday initiated the rampage which resulted with a 13 year old boy being killed. Saturday through Sunday ended with, 23 people being wounded. On Sunday, June 1, 2014 Chicagoland area radio stations WGCI- 107.5 Hip Hop and R &B, V103-Old School and R & B, 1690WVON-Talk Radio, Power92.3 Chicago and Soul 106.3, stopped the music for the people of Chicago to become one voice, one message on one mic. The objective focused on Chicago residents sharing their thoughts, experiences and, ideas as to what possible solutions could be implemented to eliminate the escalation of gun violence yet, recurrences of shooting incidents such as these have continued since the beginning of “2014.
During an interview with vladtv.com Common explains his purpose for creating “Nobody’s Smiling” derives not from point of just producing another album for the sake of remaining relevant as a Hip Hop artist but, from genuine concern for the contrast of growing up in Chicago were dreams where possible, in comparisons to the escalating environment of gun violence and the obstacles youth are facing today. His involvement with Chicago youth began in “2011” with the creation of the “Common Ground Foundation" because he views making a positive difference in the lives of our youth, as a human purpose.
Humbly admitting to not having a workable solution to the unnecessary demise, Common is maintaining the Chicago theme of, “One City, One Voice, One Message”. He has made it possible for everyone concerned with Chicago’s gun violence, to join him in letting the Nation know what Chicago means to them, by creating their own “Nobody’s Smiling” album cover to post on their social media sites/timelines, websites, blogs and to share with friends and family.