Like Water for Chocolate is the fourth studio album by American rapper Common, released on March 28, 2000, through MCA Records. It was Common's first major label album and was both a critical and commercial breakthrough, receiving widespread acclaim from major magazine publications and selling 70,000 copies in its first week. The album was certified Gold on August 11, 2000, by the Recording Industry Association of America. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the album has sold 748,000 copies by March 2005. The video for "The Light" was frequently shown on MTV, adding to Common's exposure. The album also formally marked the formation of the Soulquarians, a collective composed of Questlove (of The Roots), Jay Dee (formerly of Slum Village), keyboardist James Poyser, soul artist D'Angelo and bassist Pino Palladino, among numerous other collaborators. This group of musicians would also be featured on Common's next album, Electric Circus. The album's cover photo, 1956 Alabama by Gordon Parks, is a photo of a young black woman in Alabama, dressed for church, and drinking from a "Colored Only" drinking fountain.Wikipedia
This album has a few issues, particularly in length and pacing. It’s a bit bloated, both in overall length and in a few songs that really could have been edited down a bit. But all that falls by the wayside with just how good of a vibe it puts out. Equal parts passionate and relaxed. I feel like I’ve been snatched away and placed into Common’s living room, and he is making some tea while telling me about some social issues he is passionate about. That is a feeling I can’t help but love.
some good beats, but god damn common is an ass rapper and some of the content does not age well, some homphobic themes.
Classic 80's sound. Love her voice. Full of fun and sad songs
So the thing about Common, is the he is an excellent lyricist with a special sound. I feel uplifted, and yet, grounded when listening to him. He absolutely captures a cup of coffee in the middle of the city on a Thursday morning for me. Sometimes it is cheesy, I'll just say that is a little cream cheese on a bagel with my coffee. I can't always put this on, but I can for sure put it on every morning.
Very enjoyable, I haven't listened to any common before. I like the jazz influence, the whole thing works well
Another great hip-hop album. Common has great flow and the beats are funky.
Liked it much more than I thought I would, since Common generally doesn't do much for me. Overlong, but saved by great production.
Can't believe I've never heard Common before. The production is brilliant in this album, with phased vocals, tasteful use of synths, keys, trumpets and strings, a bass tone that's compressed to a satin chocolate finish, and rich, measured backing vocals. Common's flow is great and the tribute he pays to african american music from the past 50 years is dense as hell. Through Jazz, blues, disco, funk, RnB (especially on the keys), soul, and others, Common elevates the music of black artists onto his own personal pedestal, and then takes inspiration from it to create something really exciting and original. It drags a bit in the middle for me maybe, but that's the only complaint I have - and Common's reluctance to fall into patterns of singing about the same tropes that a lot of 90s hip-hop singers did is not only refreshing, but it also allows him to touch on some really emotional and personal points of interest. "Save the war stories for Private Ryan"
The sound blends a bunch of genres together, including funk and afrobeat, but also electronic to create a product that sounds very much like a product of its time, yet excels in its endeavors with each track. Maintained momentum all throughout, with tracks blending into each other. Only exception is that I found the clarity in its pop track "The Light" to be a sore thumb. Despite this, I found the length to be a huge weakness, starting to lose focus near the middle. Had to drop and come back to the second half later, but it's still full of good tracks. Use of spoken word works well for covering political topics, like "The Questions" to make it super easy for audience to follow along on first listen. Favorite tracks: Time Travelin, Heat, Dooinit, Funky for You
Thought I wouldn't enjoy this as much as I used to due to seeing through the 'conscious' part of 'conscious rap' now (which I did), but the flow and production is lovely. However, ain't no-one falling for the 'I would rather have a meaningful conversation than sex with all these fine ladies" stuff, that's defo just another way to try and get laid. Also, I'm not homophobic, I just don't want them to bring it around me is not exactly conscious rap! However, I don't judge rap albums by their morals.
A lot of this album comes from a place of pain, but it is a thing of beauty. Not as good as Pimp a Butterfly, but still quite remarkable. I, weirdly, mostly know Common as an actor. To hear him in his original environment is a real treat. Not sure that this is my favorite thing ever, but I'm curious to check out the rest of his work.
Eine Platte, die sich nicht so gut eignet um Sonntagmorgens noch im Bett liegend aus dem Nebenzimmer gehört zu werden. Dann klingt sie hektisch und unausgewogen und man möchte lieber Jazz anmachen und eine schöne Tasse frisch gebrühten Bohnenkaffee serviert. Hört man sie aber dann per Kopfhörer zB in der Bahn oder später auf dem Sofa im Wohnzimmer, dann wirkt sie viel ausgewogener einerseits, und edgier/kantiger und geschliffener als die andere Common neulich andererseits. Gefällt mir dann auch gut und bekommt verdiente 3,5 Sterne.
It's..okay. Song for Assata is great, but most of the album is a bit of a slog, about 20 minutes too long. Marred by homophobia and misogyny in spite of Common calling his girl his equal multiple times
I'm not a big rap guy so getting rap albums is always tough for me here. So far all the rap albums mostly come from the US and represent a culture I did not grow up in and have never experienced. This makes it tough to judge these albums given how reflective they are of the society the respective rappers grew up in. However, compared to some of the previous rap albums I've gotten, this is more in my style. The beats are more jazzy and the flow is a bit more my style. Still the lyrics are a bit homophobic, which Common has admitted to saying he doesn't want to use any more which is always good to hear.
I heard he was an antidote to the popular violence and misogyny of the era. I guess homophobia sounds so groovy we don’t mind?
Very boring, nothing here that I enjoyed at all. And to top it off, it's too long.
Hip hop. Why are so many of these albums on this list? Annoyed 1/5
An excellent blend of global sounds that feels as important in the 2020 climate as it likely did in the 2000 climate.
Production: 15/20 Songwriting: 14/20 Innovation: 15/20 Bangers: 20/20 Emotional response: 16/20 =80 Banging stuff
2 - "Freaky like Marv Albert in outfits" 7 - The Questions é MUITO boa 8, 9, 10, 11 - sequencia absurda de batidas PIKA Depois de pesquisar eu entendi o pq eu gostei tanto desse álbum: ele é todo produzido pelo J Dilla. Conceitualmente é muito muito bem feito, liricamente também, as batidas também. Se esse álbum fosse um jogador de basquete ele seria o Anthony Davis. O que que ele não consegue fazer? Você examina a habilidade defensiva, muito bom. Beleza, então ele deve ser um passador ruim? Não. Então ele é um zelador: defende, rebote, assistência? Também não. Ele faz tudo que precisa e faz muito bem. A imersão que esse álbum causa na história que ele conta é absurda. Ele é balanceado, pega fogo no miolo e termina muito bem.
It's not Be, but it comes close
Che bellissima production! Il beat e` super soft e raffinato e i momenti jazz e funk si fondono benissimo. Hip hop jazz funky super elegante e coinvolgente.
I should listen to more Common
Awesome album. Lyricism is top notch, and the beats are immaculate. Questlove and J Dilla on production is such a dream team and they really show out. The feature list is great too with Slum Village, Mos Def, MC Lyte, Bilal, etc. It's one of those albums that you have to keep coming back to in order to really dive into all of its nook and crannies of both lyrical meaning and musicality. Also my neck is sore from nodding my head for over an hour straight.
Great album, I’m surprised I didn’t listen to this when it was out 20 years ago, it was exactly the kind of thing I was into. Awesome production, nice tone and flow but I was surprised by the amounts of niggers, hoes, gats and fags included: not quite as conscious I was expecting.
Not even halfway through this and I've already added it to my library. Don't know how I've never heard this before but some absolute heat is on this record.
dilla and premier
4.5. Superb album, great mix of excellent music with incisive lyrics. Standouts: Cold Blooded, The Light, Funky For You, The 6th Sense. Thelonius, Geto Heaven Part Two, A Song For Assata, Pops Rap III...All My Children.
Surprisingly pleasant and skillfully produced hip hop
Ægte hiphop, lyrisk, afslappet
Added to my collection. Very chill and conscious lyrically.
Classic rap, pretty good!
2000s conscious hip hop
Solid, can't remember comments anymore but ya 4.
Mfer is sense. Way too deep for a surface level listen.
Awesome album. Introduced me to Common
Solid, absolutely good tunes.
Slow jamming.... altogether nice album for a low key vibe, productive.
Very good album. Common is definitely underrated.
Very much in my "like" territory as far as hip goes, an artist I haven't listened to enough. Especially effective deployment of guest artists.
Not what I usually listen to, but I appreciated the complexity of the sound
very good, quite long but good
Good compilation of well known songs. But seems like cheeting to call it an album
really enjoyed it more than I thought I would
Had some good flooooow. Didn't listen closely, but I liked it and will probably re-listen.
Still not the biggest fan of Common, but super funky beats. Good for driving.
Best tracks: Time Travellin’, Dooinit, The 6th Sense
This album is so good. I liked this a lot more than Be.
Mos def, dj Premier lauter Guade sachan
A surprise find here - Really enjoyed it throughout and will go back and listen again
Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Heat, The Light, A song for Assata
Classic, smooth hip-hop. Conscious ideas. Favorite song(s): Questions, 6th Sense
Really solid hip hop record
Como Agua Para Chocolate. Más allá de las atractivas influencias jazzeras y de neo soul de este álbum, el lirismo y la producción son los protagonistas indiscutidos. Sin duda de los mejores trabajos de Common. Para mí un sólido 7/10
Jazzy, a la Guru, vocal flow I can’t diagram. Really good instrumentals. J Dilla on production for most tracks.
Definitely a record that deserves a deeper dig… what was happening socially, politically, and around the world in the late 90s? Quite a bit of variety and his voice is top
Tres bon album de new york rap. Dj premiere, une belle decouverte j’ai hate d’en entendre plus. 4.65
Very nice old school
Solid! Self aware! Smooth!
True Rating: 75/100
Common fucks, and this album is great
Super bon album de rap avec des bonnes influences jazz
pretty cool album, I love old-school hip-hop it does sound a little dated tho, I feel like for a rap album from 2000, he could’ve been doing something a little newer overall 7/10
Be is a little better
I really like the groove this album cultivates. Smooth, jazzy, bass lines that are lyrical as fuck. Definitely one of the better rap / hip hop albums I've heard so far. Aside from the groove the raps seem interesting and intelligent, at least at first blush. Bears further investigation to get the full feel of this very good album 4.25 🌟
At first the production is a bit rough and distorted, so it is hard to enjoy, but then it really picks up and some great tunes come out of it. Common is remarkable and technically proficient rapper that can rap about anything and sound great. That should be the focus of the album.
Loved this, smooth rap some really catchy hooks and beats
I will be listening to this album again. Loved the meaningful lyrics with the slow groove. Favourite songs: The Light, The 6th Sense Payback is a Grandmother, Pops Rap III
This was an incredibly enjoyable album. The beats were strong and I could hear influences ranging from Latin music to funk and nineties R&B. Common is also a very gifted lyricist and rapper. My only complaint is the 77 minutes runtime.
Very intelligent lyrically combined with fun beats.
Hadn't listened to Common before. Liked it, not my favorite rap but told some interesting stories in some songs.
Probably a better party album than anything. Common does some of the best story songs
In genere mi fa schifo l'hip hop, ma qua mi devo ricredere, mi è piaciuto.
Buen disco de jazz Rap
I more recently started listening to Common, with his 2021 release and really enjoyed it. Silly me, I didn't realize how long he had been around. Some fantastic grooves, great collaborations.
I've been a rap fan forever, but never listened to much Common. After hearing this album, I'm thinking that may have been a mistake. Above average album for sure.
Laid back hip-hop
Really liked this!
Словно один и тот же трек на протяжении 77 минут.
The usual Common mix of conscious preaching, brag-rap, love songs and storytelling. The Jaydee (pbuh) production gives the album it’s edge over his preceding albums
Common doesn’t excite me as a rapper. I can’t quite pinpoint why. J Dilla is the real star here. It’s his stellar beats and production that elevate ‘Like Water For Chocolate’ to classic status.
This is good. I like the instrumentals, and I like the guys voice. The lyrics are also pretty solid.
There’s enough cringy stuff on here to cause it to fall short of a five for me, but there’s just as much inspirational stuff and the music is darn good. I enjoyed this!
The beats on this album are so chill and funky and smooth. I love it. Common's vocals complement them amazingly with conscientious lyrics. I need to listen to him more.
Nice opening, well put together. Good listen 7/10
Good stuff! Certain parts reminded me of Buckshot LeFonque (a Branford Marsalis side project). Enjoyed this one - 4/5.
Good, raw hip hop. Common's beats are great, his flow is on point and his message in each piece is clear. This reminds me I need to listen to more Common. 4/5.
It was okay, common's rap style is more like reading poetry I feel
Who knew that common the actor could rap so well
Spotify. It was fine. Not for me
lyrically its nice but rap just doesnt seem to inspire me
Common has flow but didn’t love the album
Felt very common
Interesting rap album including great songs like the light. Great culture references that cement this album in rap history.
Very relaxed ambience, but suffers from sounding like one long song instead of an album of songs.
"The Questions" was terrible. Most songs are a bit too heavy in bass to listen to at a comfortable level without disturbing the neighbors. True to it's A Side, "Time Travelin", many references and loops from classic songs. I liked "The 6th Sense" even though the sample was repetitive. I was 10 when this album came out but really impressed by some of the players on the album Ceelo Green and Questlove to name a fee
El tributo a Fela Kuti es fantástico, y que haya pocas letras sobre balazos y muertes es un plus. Al ver el título del disco pensé inmediatamente en la película y después leer que Common tiene el mismo sentimiento que Tita es de admirar. Más 1ue tener muchas canciones creo que son muy largas, pensé que iba a la mitad del disco y resulta que estaba terminando la tercer canción, me gusta la idea de tener canciones temáticas (payback) en diferentes discos y voy a buscar las demás para darles un rol. Se va con un 2.5 que sube a 3 está bueno para poner de Fondo y que no sea molesto
Not super fan of lyrics, but cool rhythms and sounds.
Listened while working, which is probably not the way to listen to rap.
Solid debut. The Light is still a great song. Love the production.
The beats on this album are great and I fin it interesting but the rapping is very boring.
Fue refrescante no oír sobre puros balazos muerte, dejando las historias de guerra para Salvando al Soldad Ryan. Varias de las letras se me hicieron genéricas, que no dicen mucho aunque son de letra kilométrica. También fue refrescante escuchar cosas como tratar a las mujeres bien y llamarla mi igual. Es demasiado largo y de la canción 12 en adelante me perdió consistentemente. 3 estrellas porque sí lo puedo volver a poner, aunque sólo 2 canciones me parezca que realmente sobresalen. Songs: The Light, The 6th Sense, Nag Champa
I wanted to like this. The production is good and the concept is there but it’s way too long. The beats don’t stay fresh over the course of 5-6 minute songs and Common’s delivery is hard to listen to. 5
Good but very long
Good flow and nice background music
Some interesting ideas but I didn't think it sounded great and was so long. 5
well produced album with some good tracks, but common’s raps and delivery are pretty corny, and this album is reallllly long. 6/10
A lot more lo-fi than the other Common record on this list - no hits so far, and far too long at 1hr17. With some serious trackless editing, could be excellent
Viel me niks tegen. Op een gegeven moment had ik het wel gehoord, maar dit soort wat meer user-friendly-gangster-rap kan ik best hebben.
Goeie rapvibe, toffe beats. Maar niet echt heel vrouwvriendelijk. Daarom een sterretje minder
Good for scatting over!
Inget speciellt liksom, bra vibe men inte mkt mer än så.
Interesante la cantidad de estándares referenciados en unas bases que beben del soul, del jazz y del R&B. No me mata líricamente a priori, pero tampoco le he prestado toda la atención del mundo.
Jaunty with a smooth tip
Wow, this is really smooth, interesting, catchy stuff. I had not heard the album in full before, and I like it. To state the obvious, Common has certainly gained so much visibility since this album, and deservedly so. Solid, well-thought-out, jazzy, captivating stuff here.
Echt, ook dit weer een met predikaat Hele Leuke Plaat. Neeext! Wel opgeleukt met aardige geluidssamples.
A solid 3. Similar to the last Common one, I enjoy the more musical and jazzy accompaniment. As usual, I'm listening while working so the lyrics don't get as much attention as they should but what I picked up was good.
While I was happy yet not surprised to see Be on the list, this album was definitely not expected. It's a good listen - I prefer the Questlove production - but I had to remind myself several times that it was Common and not Q-Tip. Really could have been an ATCQ tribute album. The Light and Sixth Sense are strong tracks but the album lacks an overall flow and several songs try too hard to be edgy compared to some of Common's better lyrical work.
Jo men den var inte så pjåkig
This was a long album, it kind of felt long for the sake of it. However, I love the instruments in this, they create a vibe that I really like. The instrumentals on their own are really smart, and I enjoy the rap also. There's some clever lyrics in here, I liked "I'm Morpheus in this hip-hop Matrix". Shame about the homophobic lyrics, not aged well and were uncomfortable to hear, that alone loses this a star.
I had the album on shuffle and didnt realise until 40 mins in. I enjoyed the album, a lot of these albums, I listen to on the side and see if anything stands out, nothing did, but I still enjoyed it. real rating 3.5/5
I’m writing this hours after I actually listened to the album so I don’t have much to say cus I don’t actually remember too much. Rap isn’t usually a genre that holds my interest and this was a long one so a lot went over my head from my lack of attention which again, I feel like is crucial for rap. There were some good bits like the pimp battle and I love that his dad has his own track on the album. Main gripe is length.
This music isn't for me.
2000s rap, okay stuff.
Good production but didn't really connect with the feel of the music
Rätt bra. Bra beats och lyrics. Men blev lite väl långtråkigt. Men finns guldkorn. Bästa låtar: The 6th Sense The Questions The Light
Starts off good for me, a lot of the music is all actually played by various other musicians which makes sense as is not typical repetitive hiphop beat/s but commons rapping is not the best but it is an intro so makes sense. Quite dated at times like you could never say "Deep as a skinny girl's cunt" now and also "In a circle of faggots, your name is mentioned". The music is good, but commons rapping is not great at all really but I like his voice but not saying much really. This is getting a high rating for ?questlove, j dilla and other collaborators/featrures like dj premier, macy gray and cee-lo. I always liked the light, has been in my liked songs since my ipod probably. I also recognised and liked 6th sense, but again is more about dj premier than common. Didn't do a lot to keep me engaged, could have be 10 tracks really. Low 3.
I had no idea what genre I was listening to at the start of the first track, but overall a pretty decent story driven album. The 6th Sense was the highlight for me.
Very early 2000's, I think I can hear the Snoop influences and the East Coast origins.
Simple beats, fun lyrics over top.
Kolejny dzien pod czarna flaga, jak woda na czekolade, czy moze jak woda dla czekolady, co moze sugerowac okladka albumu, tym razem zaskoczenie jest wieksze, bo artsta dobrze znany, a jednak wybor albumu z jego dyskografii dosc nieoczywisty, bo poklask podziemnych hardkorowych glow na liscie otrzymalaby plyta resurrection, natomiast jego najlepiej sprzedanym materialem i nadal sluchanym, jesli luknac na spotifaja czy last fma jest zdecydowanie bardziej popowy, a mniej consciousowy be z 2k04, a tworca listy postawil na kompromisie pomiedzy tymi dwoma stylami, chociaz juz sama oklada czy tytul rowniez moze miec cos wspolnego z wyborem tej pozycji, bo o ile common zawsze byl raperem ktory otwarcie mowil o problemach murzynskiej spolecznosci, tak w tym albumie jest to motyw przewodni, ale jednak troche z mniej krytycznej strony patrzy na spoleczenstwo niz chocby na wspomnianym resurrection, wiecej tu gloryfikowania czarnosci, ale takze holdowania wczesniejszym pokoleniom, co juz mozna zobaczyc po samych tytulach trakow, jak otwierajacy time travelin a tribute to fela, tego samego feli ktory mial juz swojego picka z swoim zombie, theloniousowy traczek tez jest oczywistym nawiazaniem do monka, niezrozumiala hajpowosc tej plyty moze wynikac z dwoch powodow, ilosci featurow, bo na 16 trakow, tylko 6 jest ich pozbawiona, a nawet na trakach bez featurow samplowanie bywa tak mocne, ze czuc obecnosc samplowanego artysty, co nie zawsze jest zle, ale gdzies w tym wszystkim traci sie sam kontent commonowy, a skoro o samplach, to na produkcji sptokaly sie legendarne teraz postacie, to jest j dilla z slum village oraz questlove z the roots, dodatkowo pojawiaja sie kawalki wyprodukowane przez dja premiera, czy chocby pana di angelo z poprzedniego picka, jaki ten murzynski swiat muzyczny jest maly, like water for chocolate plyta z pomyslem na siebie, pomyslem ktory zostal wykonany, bo sprzedac politycznie swiadomy hip hop w roku 2000, to sukces sam w sobie, ale jednak godzina siedemnascie czasu materialowego jest zbyt rozciagnietym konceptem, ktory caly czas sie powtarza, featury takie jak mos def na the questions pomagaja, ale co za duzo to niedobrze po pewnym czasie, na plejaka wrzuce wlasnie the questions i chyba najbardziej z rozpoznawalnych kawalkow plyty, czyli the light i ten dosc nietypowy jak dla tej plyty, bo bialy sampel pana caldwella z open your eyes z 80, oba kawalki wyprodukowane przez mistrza J
There's an opening section, between Time Travelin' and its reprise, where jazz-rap beats manage to stay together despite the low level of melody in the production. It feels simply-right, but my sophomore analysis is that the mix of straightforward flows, old-school beats, and many collaborators is actually quite deft. (Defter by far than that sentence.) The second half reads much poppier, but there's an attempt to pimp square the conscious circle, introduced by a quote of Gil Scott-Heron. "Clumsy" is the wrong word, since A Song for Assata is so successful that it integrates hip-hop self-reference, too. But the half doesn't quite work. But I still like the project: It's strong.
Ihan lepposaa menoa. Ei herättänyt tunteita. 2,5*
Was ok, some nice instrumentation. Vocals got a bit tedious. Not awful, not great
Like Water for Chocolate by Common (2000) If the listener can get beyond the seemingly obligatory profanity, braggadocio, and revolutionary apocalypticism, he/she will discover some serious thought. This is a plus. Now the music lacks the innovation and intricacy of, say, a production of Kanye West, and the rapid pace of the delivery precludes a full understanding of the message on a first listen. One needs to slow way down and listen repeatedly to get the excellent effect of Common’s meaning. This characteristic, however, diminishes its quality as an album. There’s beauty to behold here, but it takes work. 3/5
I'd love to vibe to this with all the guy's vocals cut out. The musicality of it all is pretty nice.
Decent rap album that is too long and lacks any standouts
I was pleasantly surprised. Although I didn't vibe with all of the songs, I did enjoy listening to most of this album. The production and storytelling were solid on all the tracks.
I'll give Common credit where credit is due, his vocals are so smooth and gives a great vibe for the beats that accompany him. The feature are really good too, particularly like Pops on the last track. Some really good songs here with the favourite being The Light. Not something I would listen to whole as its not my thing but definitely some songs will be added to the playlist.
Not a bad rap album but not a geeat album
I enjoyed this album. Never really listened to Common but thought that this was an album I’d re listen to. Some of his songs are catchy and most are upbeat. He does a good job of not being a typical 90s gangster rap and has his own flow and style. Similar to the roots and tribe in my opinion. 7.6/10
Never heard this before, I like it.
Somewhere out there, among our music reviewing colleagues, a 20 year old black woman is doing her very best trying to make sense of Pink Floyd’s 'Dark Side Of The Moon,' but to no avail. Not her fault. That’s more of a 62 year old white guy’s jam. Her generation, along with her culture, race, puts her at a comprehensive disadvantage with an album like 'Dark Side Of The Moon.' Same thing with me on 'Like Water For Chocolate.' Too much of this experience simply went over my head, not the fault of Common and crew. But while my young friend out there and I struggle to understand each other, and these musical artists who represent us, it doesn’t mean that we still can’t feel what’s going on in each other’s world. 'Like Water For Chocolate,' to me, felt positively Afrocentric. Musically, mostly R&B flavored Hip-Hop, and lyrically exploring an alternative response to life in America among its Black citizens than what, for example, the gangsta rappers advocate. Common and company are fighting for a larger, selfless good, justice and righteousness, with counsel like: ‘… give back what you receivin (‘Time Travelin’’).’ On ‘Doonint,’ the claim is the spitting of ‘something different’ from the typical violent, misogynistic rap that seems to be normative- ‘I rap for the hungry and underprivileged,’ albeit, ‘with a chip on my shoulder.’ Common and company will not have you mistake their kindness for weakness. They are still just as dangerous, as deadly, as the gangsta rappers. For what has proven to be more deadly to the damaged status quo, wherever, whenever, and among whomever that occurs, than Love? Even Common’s father testifies to the positive, healing power of love on the final track, ‘Pops Rap III – All My Children,’ as the most successful solution to the issues confronting the black community. Again, I don’t really feel very qualified to review this LP, or rap in general, I’m discovering. That said, I do appreciate the amazing spoken poetry set to really cool music that this LP shares in abundance. These are talented and skilled artists, masters at their craft. My favorite vibe was actually on the very first track, ‘Time Travelin,’ with its quite unique and spell-bounding hybrid of R&B, Hip-Hop, and psychedelia, of all things! The strong echo/reverb put on the vocals truly gave it a psychedelic sounding component that I’ve never quite heard in this genre, and I liked it so much that I found myself increasingly disappointed that they didn’t use the entire LP to explore it further. Inagodadavi-vi-vida.
I tried really hard to like this. Musically the beats are solid but by the end of the album it began to feel like they were on a loop. I also found Like Water For Chocolate over-long which is probably what caused the album not to grab me. Maybe it is my background but I found some of the lyrics like Common says in the last track "not for me". That is fine, I can't for a second say that I know what a black person in America goes through. It is a form of Common's story telling fair enough but I found the more gangster elements of the album a bit false. I also found a couple of lyrics a bit sexist and couldn't work out if Common was being serious in what he rapped. A good ablum overall but one that isn't going to go on my high rotation list.
I don't know what to make of this mix of two very different styles of hip hop. Musically, it is a great example of alternative hip hop/jazz rap, and stands out with some of the better examples of the subgenre. But lyrically, it is not from that world. Too often eschewing the positivity of alternative hip hop for language and themes that are cruder, "Like Water for Chocolate" disappointed for failing to live up to it's potential.
This is a lengthy album clocking in at 1 hour and 17 mins. Regardless, there's enough variation in the tracks to keep listening. Some resonated stronger than others and some, (like Funky For You at 5:50) completely change direction for the worse. This album is mostly relaxed vibes, simple beats and easy listening. Never spent any time with Common but enjoyed this more than I thought.
Musically this album is good, really good.. However the rapper is very inconsistent, I think fewer songs would have helped.
There are a few songs with great messages, but most of the album is pretty average.
Never can get into Common, I always hear he's "socially-conscious" then I hear him calling people faggots and yeah... no thanks. Everything else is fine.
Common leaves me feeling underwhelmed. He's trying out alot of different things here, and he's assembled quite a production team, but it never quite coalesces.
Ha! I don't need to listen to this... I heard Common's latest song on the radio a few weeks back and I think I cracked my issue with him. He's got flow, he's got skills but his songs are just not terribly interesting - for me at any rate - except for those ones with the catchy samples expertly woven into them. So on this album, it's The Light and everything else... just doesn't really grab me in the same way that it does. I want to like Common more, I really do - even if he did try to kill John Wick.
On the one hand a strong solid album… it flows well, maintains the level of quality throughout, smart rhymes, wonderful guests. On the other hand it has few standout tracks - it doesn’t peak and through it just marches on, albeit a good march - you’re not going to walk away with favourite tracks - but you’re very likely to like the album as a whole. It is also a tad overlong, but not tiresome.
This si sweet relief after a bunch of gangsta rap albums. Gangsta lost me, and the soulquarian, conscious hip hop is a blessed relief. I love the Dilla/Questlove production. Common isn't the world's greatest rapper, but this record is a breath of fresh air after the violence and misogyny of much of 90s hip hop. The production is A1, which makes this a really wonderful album to listen to.
Doesn't quite click with me. Has some high points, but lots of middles.
Didn't blow me away but enjyable enough
Beter als verwacht hiphop album met jazz invloeden, zeker niet verkeerd
interesting mix between instrumental and jazz rap
La Fouine est toujours en forme.
Hip hop is not one of the genres that I listen to a lot, and I honestly usually don't care that much about it, but I have to say I really like A Song For Assata, it's my favourite and I got chills. I also liked The 6th Sense. I thought some of the lyrics or words being said were funny, and even if I don't usually vibe with hip hop, I can appreciate the clever rhymes.
Commin on maballs
How you can tell this is a rap album released in the year 2000: (1) Themes of racial injustice (2) Macy Gray appearance (3) Casual homophobia and misogyny played for laughs (4) It's about six tracks too long (5) So many references to pimpin'. Best track: A Song for Assata
I enjoyed “The Light”
It was tough to keep my attention going through many of the songs. The lyrics are decent, but not much in terms of hooks or catchy beats. 5/10
The album started off great then kind of slowed down near the end. Very cool listen but I probably won’t relisten anytime soon.
loved the beats and other aspects of the production in this but it was a little bit too long for me
J'aime beaucoup ce type de Hip Hop. Common, tout comme J Dilla et Mos Def, est un membre périphérique du collectif Native Tongues, collectif qui regroupe entre autre De La Soul et A Tribe Called Quest. En plus tu rajoutes la participation de Questlove à l'intérieur du collectif Soulquarians et il y a tous les éléments pour me plaire. Donc cet album est bon, mais il est vraiment trop long et n'a pas assez de moment forts qui se démarquent. Pas assez de différence pour soutenir l’intérêt tout ce temps. L'album suivant, Electric Circus est plus intéressant dans son éclectisme et l'album Be paru en 2005 est dans la lignée de cet album du jour, mais plus concis et avec plus de moments forts. Par contre il y a tout de même d'excellentes pièces comme The Light et Dooinit produites par J Dila. The 6th Sense produite par DJ Premier est aussi très bonne. J’aime vraiment comment il mixe. Il y a des bonnes collaboration, mais peut-être que ça en aurait pris plus pour soutenir la longueur de l'album. J'aime beaucoup comment est traitée la fin de A Song For Assata avec le discours philosophique à la fin. La finale de l'album aussi est un moment fort en laissant la place encore une fois à son père, Lonnie "pops" Lynn, qui partage ses expériences et opinions. C'est un concept qui a débuté sur l'album Resurrection où il a commencé à laisser la place à son père pour la dernière pièce des albums. Je trouve que c'est vraiment chouette comme idée.
Like water for chocolate by common (formerly “common sense”) is dope, 3.9/5. Some good conscious rap, great flow and soulful beats. It’s cont common’s best album, that would be Be, but it has its moments: The light🔥 Funky for you 6th sense
I feel like I should like this more than I do. It's a head scratcher. I like Common. I enjoy Be a lot and I was into Finding Forever when it dropped, even though I don't return to it often. I don't know why this album never did anything speical for me, and listening again has yielded the same result. It's not bad it's enjoyable enough. A bit on the bloated side but aid rather just listen to Be.
Common is stone keeper
Had a bit of good shit, enjoyed that some of the album flowed into each other.
not really big on hip hop and this wasn't an exception. overall ok, 2,5/5.
Meh! Not bad, not good, just background noise
The album had a nice vibe to it. I liked the beats. They were funky. Altough it was much of the same kind of songs.
Hip hop pausat i amb molta influència del r&b i el soul. Molt de tarda urbana passejant en samarreta per un loft industrial amb un mug de café ben calent a les mans
2-3, not my prefered genre
I really liked the first half of this album. It's super catchy and funky. Sadly, yet again, this is way too long. I don't know what's with rappers and their need to make albums that are 70+ minutes long. It loses focus near the halfway point and the last few songs are just kind of forgettable. 3/5. Cut out some songs and it's a 5/5.
I' not that much into Hip Hop, because hearing that much text feels pretty exhausting to me, especially on such a long album. I can appreciate the art, but it's not something I can listen to regularly.
Ok. Open minded but it's 77 minutes long which for any genre makes me roll my eyes. Interesting mix of funk and soul rap. Overlong. Not my thing.
I liked this album, but it's pretty long. It's interesting to see how many different hip-hop styles we have only in one album. It sounds exactly like what I expected for one 90s/2000s hip-hop album. The cultural mixes of the end of the XX century are all here. Reducing 30 minutes and being a little less repetitious would be one of the great hip-hop releases from the last decades.
I like it! I'd give it, like, 3.5, but I'm going to choose to round down on this one.
Very average. Common’s rhymes were very run of the mill, music comp was generic 90’s hip hop. Solid 3. Probably only listen once.
Decent sound. Mark it down due to crudeness of lyrics