Common Readies No I.D. Produced Album, Drops Single

Common Readies No I.D. Produced Album, Drops Single

Anticipation for Common's ninth studio album, "The Dreamer, The Believer," intensified after Nas, featured artist, dropped a new single off the album, "Ghetto Dreams," this past weekend (July 2).

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Common told MTV News that No I.D. (Kanye West, Big Sean), long-time collaborator and producer of "Ghetto Dreams," produced all of "The Dreamer, The Believer."

If the boom-bap drums, intermittent turntable scratches and horn stabs on "Ghetto Dreams" are any indication, "The Dreamer, The Believer," will be a throwback to mid-90s hip-hop. The cover art for "Ghetto Dreams" is an old photo of the two then-young MCs, Nas and Common, on what Common believes was on set of a Fat Joe video shoot.

When No I.D. first played Common "Ghetto Dreams," Common couldn't help but make it his, "I kind of hopped into it, like a zone, a character almost [while] writing it. It was just so raw, something like '95, but new sounding." No I.D. had played an early verson of the cut to one of Common's favorite rappers, Nas. Once Nasty Nas took a listen, he quickly hopped on the track.

This past weekend, after the initial release date for the single passed (June 23), Nas took to Twitter to tweet his anitcipation. "I'm giving @common 15 minutes or I'm putting this shit out myself! #GhettoDreams." Fifteen minutes later, Nas posted a link to the track, and that was that.