Diamonds

Album: Nobody's Smiling (2014)
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Songfacts®:

  • This song finds Common rapping braggadocio rhymes over No I.D.'s rubbery production.

    My time, man, precious like diamonds
    Look through the glass, see what I magnify man
    I'mma be shining 'til I die man
    I'm a rare diamond that's hard to find man


    Common boasts here that he shines like a rare diamond. Diamonds frequently pop up in popular music – Rihanna sung of "shining brightly like a diamond," Kanye West rapped of "Diamonds From Sierra Leone" and one of The Beatles' best known tunes was inspired by a picture by John Lennon's son Julian, which he called "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds."
  • Common's former GOOD Music label-mate Big Sean provides the celebratory hook and contributes a final verse.
  • The black-and-white video was directed by Jerome D. Hurd (Kendrick Lamar's "Swimming Pools (Drank)"). The clip features Common and Big Sean delivering their lines with images of the Chicago skyline across the background.

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