- Also available as a 2-disc Limited Edition CD + DVD
|1. Be (Intro)|
|2. The Corner|
|6. Love Is...|
|7. Chi City|
|8. The Food (Live)|
|9. Real People|
|10. They Say...|
|11. It's Your World (Part 1 & 2)|
|12. So Cool|
The production is perfect, courtesy of the ubiquitous Kanye West. The themes are "conscious" and this will most likely hold the album back from major commercial success. Nevertheless, this is a classic hip hop record, in the vein of Low End Theory by A Tribe Called Quest, Illmatic by Nas or Black On Both Sides by Mos Def. However, the way that Kanye infuses the album with gospel lends the album a spiritual feel that is contemporary and fresh rather than backward looking.
Common, the MC from Chicago and formally known as Common Sense, returns to unleash his sixth album! At a time when underground hip hop needs a good album from an underground heavyweight to come through, this really does go down a treat!
Common's last album 'Electric Circus' although technically very good, was not for many exactly what they wanted to hear. It maintained the lyricism Common fans expected but was too deep to be bumped at hip hop events, in the streets or from rides! So imagine many fans panic when they hear Common has teamed up with Kanye West to be Executive Producer for the album. Kanye West certainly knows his way around the production boards and his hip hop in general, but he has produced some very poor beats as well as some good ones! Also his style certainly has a commercial slant to it, which sometimes just doesn't do it for me!
However this album really is good and suits Common's style and delivery brilliantly! Uplifting pianos and lyricism can be found throughout the album with decent modern old school beats, rather than some of the horrible sounds and broken beats that seem to dominate urban music these days! Kanye promised 'Resurrection style beats' when the project was announced, and although not quite in that league or as jazzy, they certainly fit the mood of the album well. J-Dilla (aka Jay Dee) produces the two tracks that Kanye doesn't and as you would expect from him lays down some soulful stuff in a similar vein.
Lyrically Common is as good as ever and you really get the feeling this is an album representing the current times and looking to the future! Kanye is featured on several tracks and with his unique swagger adds something positive to the mix!Read more ›
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