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A funky, spiritual, sublimely produced hip hop masterpiece
on 10 May 2000
Common (formerly Common Sense) has been around for some time now, having brought out a number of original, if slightly flawed albums that showed his immense lyrical skills and his unique ability to create soulful hip hop and still maintain a hard edge. He is among that small band of emcees out there including Mos Def, Talib Kweli and Black Thought that are trying to push hip hop forward and save it from the sample-heavy, immature, 'cash-money', 'bling bling' rap that floods the mainstream today.
'Like water for chocolate' is the first true classic album of this century. This is the first album from Common that doesn't drop off at any point. Every track is a blend of intelligent, conscious lyrics with tight and incredibly funky beats. This album features some of the best producers in the business so it is not surprising that sonically, it is possibly the most accomplished album you'll ever hear. The producers include ?uestlove of The Roots, Jay Dee and the unstoppable DJ Premier of Gangstarr. It is Primo's joint 'The 6th Sense' that is the immediate stand out track and unsurprisingly it was the first single. It is straight hip hop.
My favourite track is 'The Light' in which Common raps about love in his unrivalled voice with great feeling. This album is full of clever lyrical twists and it is this that will keep 'Like Water For Chocolate' fresh long after you would have got bored of any other album.
Other great tracks include 'Doin it' where Common has a disguised attack at the likes of Puffy. 'Geto Heaven' too, featuring the immensely talented D'Angelo is a classic. Common shows his social awareness, often lacking in most of hip hop today, on 'A song for Assata', dedicated to a political prisoner.
Simply put, anyone remotely into hip hop or anyone interested in just good music MUST obtain this album. It would not be overstating it to say that this is one of the best albums of the last ten years. Support a rare talent and buy 'Like Water For Choclate' and Reflection Eternal's LP later in the year and fill the pockets of someone other than the likes of Jay-Z, DMX etc. This is real hip hop.