Def Jam Records had a pretty huge announcement to make at the top of the morning.

That’s right. Rapper Common has officially joined the Def Jam brand under producer No I.D.’s Artium Records imprint. The union was unexpected but not entirely surprising, given that Common and No I.D. have frequently collaborated together over the years, most recently through the myriad of #Cocaine80s releases. No I.D. is also executive producing Common’s upcoming tenth studio album, Nobody’s Smiling.

“[Common’s] rich legacy and robust talent are perfect additions to the Def Jam family,” No I.D. said in the official press announcement released by Def Jam earlier today. “It’s particularly significant that he’s coming under our roof for his tenth album as a matured artist and cultural ambassador. It’s a tremendous boost to the spirit of Def Jam and to the world of hip-hop.”

Common expressed optimism about joining the label, as well. “Def Jam is part of the foundation of hip-hop,” the emcee insisted. “Being able to work with No I.D. was returning to my foundation with new energy and new hunger.”

The official statement also unveiled that Nobody’s Smiling album – the rapper’s first LP since 2011’s The Dreamer, The Believer and which, coincidentally, will release 20 years after Com’s debut album Resurrection – is slated to drop next month; on July 22nd, to be exact.