Days after dropping his first single, Common just announced his deal with Def Jam/Artium Records. Artium is long time collaborator No I.D’s imprint. The Chi-Town MC also revealed that his upcoming album, Nobody’s Smiling, is scheduled for a July 22 release. Of course No I.D will serve as Executive Producer on the project. Of his new deal, Com says:

I’m honored to team up with No I.D. and be a part of the Artium and Def Jam family. ‎Creating this album and signing to Def Jam feels like a new beginning for me. I feel like a new artist because I created this album with the purpose to give back to my city and to the culture of hip hop. Def Jam is part of the foundation of hip hop and being able to work with No I.D. was returning to my foundation now with new energy and new hunger.

via Miss Info