Release date: December 2011
The Dreamer/The Believer is the ninth studio album by American rapper Common, released on December 20, 2011, through Warner Bros. Records; longtime friend and collaborator — No I.D. handled production and co-wrote the entire album.
In preparation for the album's release, Common spoke with The BoomBox about how the LP is taking shape and that he and No I.D. are crafting the album in a more positive direction: "It's going to be positive hip-hop. Hip-hop that can really generate good spirit, the spirit of the music and just good energy," he said. "I'm excited about the album 'The Dreamer, The Believer'. I feel blessed that I got to work with No I.D. I'm enthused to do hip-hop, which is something that I have to do when I feel it. It's the spirit and energy of hip-hop that made you just enjoy it and love the music and not feel like, "Man, is this gonna sell?" or "I sold this many." It's stuff that made you feel something, it's stuff that you can use that inspired your life. I think about hip-hop like Brand Nubian and KRS-One and N.W.A. and Rakim, that stuff inspired my life. Those things really shaped who I am."