This may not be a banging party album, but it has a clear and strong message. The title says it all. This is an album about the state of Chicago and Common’s take on the state of affairs there.
Common brings his signature tones and lyrical ability to every track and he shines on each one. Tracks with features on have good features but Common outshines every single one of them.
The production is mostly dark and edgy, but this fits beautifully with the message of each track. The production ranges between smooth and jarring which leads to a great experience when you listen to the whole album all the way through, It gives you a complete feel on how Common perceives Chicago now and when he was growing up.
Overall, this is a great album and deserves to have great sales and reach high in the charts. Common is a skilled rapper and flourishes on this album.