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Be

Common

2005

Be

Album Summary

Be is the sixth studio album by American rapper Common. It was released on May 24, 2005, by Geffen Records and GOOD Music. The album was primarily produced by rapper Kanye West, with additional production from frequent collaborator J Dilla. It debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 185,000 copies in the United States. The album is Common's second album to sell over 500,000 copies (over 800,000 copies sold), becoming a certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Be was also a critical success, receiving acclaim and accolades from several critics and music publications. The album received a perfect "XXL" rating from hip hop publication XXL and was deemed Common's magnum opus by HipHopGoldenAge.

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Rating

3.42

Votes

5415

Genres

  • Hip Hop
  • Soul
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Tue Oct 06 2020
1

I really don't get rap, and I am completely aware of why. I'm a STEM guy, specifically a Ph.D. student in mathematics. Although my verbal intelligence is quite high, it's still about a standard deviation below my quantitative intelligence. Therefore, it should not be too surprising that I prefer melodies to lyricism, and that a genre based on the latter doesn't wow me. I know I'm pretty far out of step with public opinion on this one, but that can easily be attributed to the fact that hipsters with humanities degrees (i.e. extremely verbal-dominant people) are considered the ultimate arbiters of taste for some reason. (Side note: this also explains why prog rock is seen as being for losers.) Best song: Be (Intro), which had a decent instrumental part at the beginning. Everything else just sort of ran together.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
5

“The sweet taste of victory. Go ‘head, breathe it in like antihistamines.” I can’t tell you how excited I was to see this pop up. This is one of my favorite hip hop albums of all time, at least top five. It’s beautiful, it’s perfect. Produced almost entirely by Kanye West, save for two tracks produced by the late J Dilla. Features from Kanye, John Legend, and John Mayer—a galaxy of rising stars all together for this moment. Every track is immaculately produced, and Common makes a case for why he belongs in the pantheon of greats. “You love to hear the story, again and again, about these young brothers from the City of Wind.” It’s maybe the most organic hip hop album in existence. Hip hop almost seems like a misnomer, it’s pure poetry. The intro track is one of the best openers of any album ever. “I wanna be as free as the spirits of those who’ve left.” No matter how many times I hear it, the closing track always makes me cry. “Be amended....five fifths.” I would fight anyone for this album. I’d give this to the aliens. “I wish I could give you this feeling.” I’ll stop gushing but man, this is enough to make every two or three-star album worth it. Time to put the vinyl on and fall in love with it all over again. Favorite tracks: Be (Intro), The Corner, GO!, Faithful, Love is..., Chi City, The Food, They Say, It’s Your World. Album art: Iconic. Incredibly simple photo, but the contrast and colors immortalized this for me. I’m obviously biased, but this cover is imprinted in my DNA. 5/5

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Mon May 17 2021
2

I used to think of Common as the noughties rap Dementor, sucking the joy out of whatever song he popped up on, sounding like another rapper's dad come to the the studio to balance the bragging and naughtiness. I appreciate him more now, though I was kind of right. He is dad-ish--temperate, reasonable, calm--but not overbearing. Worst of all to bratty kids, he's genuinely open and empathetic towards people who aren't the same as him, i.e. he never pretends the street life his raps explicate was his own, just wants to understand and communicate it. So not a rap Dementor but a do gooder doing good for anyone not dumb enough to not want good done to them. Plus he's got poetry (more than that last sentence) and some pacified Kanye beats to boot.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
5

THIS CAT RAPS AS SMOOTH AS A PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY SANDWICH.

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Sun Aug 01 2021
2

TWIST HIS DICK!

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Wed Oct 28 2020
5

The intro is a classic

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Wed Mar 31 2021
5

Bro. Fuckin perfection holy damn!! Mad I’m so late to the game but happy I finally got to hear !!

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Sat Apr 03 2021
5

Love this shit. It makes me love Chicago rap even more. Common talks about real shit as cringy as that sounds, and features Kanye all over the album, notching it higher in my book. Bars are smooth as hell, beats are the same. Be, Chi-City and They Say are the best songs. There is probably heavy bias here because of how much I love this kind of music, but fuck it it's my rating, 8/8, a hip hop classic.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
5

Really enjoyed the intro, “Be” and “Faithful” Didn’t expect the beat to be so swaying to the point where I am melting on the floor.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

This is a solid album. Like, legitimately great. The only reason it didn't get a 5 is because there's a significant amount of batshitcrazy on display that detracts from the overall goodness. Also, as a point of personal preference, I'm not a fan of the overly R&B tracks. So, yeah. Great record docked a star because "it's me, not you."

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Wed Jun 30 2021
4

not my usual, but very engaging

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Mon May 17 2021
3

Listened to this twice through, and both times it became good and enjoyable background music. The element that pushes it over the top, and potentially justifies its place here are those J-Dilla beats, chopped up, bouncy, flowing like water following the natural lines of the earth. The whole thing feels very well constructed and probably warrants further attentive listening.

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Fri Oct 02 2020
5

Excellent production and lyrics that help bring about empathy

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Mon Jan 11 2021
5

Common and Ye in their primes. It doesn't get much better than this.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
5

He so real about being soft af and I love him for it

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Dope Record, Great flow and beats

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Fri Jun 18 2021
5

Great album, and worth multiple listens. The beats are great and Common is out in full force on this one.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
5

Every track is masterful, beats fantastic. One of my favorites.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

Can't get enough of this one

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Wed Apr 07 2021
5

I knew I was going to love this album just based off the first bass-line. The introduction of the synths and strings hit like a truck, and the lyricism right out of the gate showed that this was going to be a mind-blowing experience. I love how this album has classic Kanye all over it, it gives me so much joy to hear that unique production style, given that I haven't heard this album before, I feel like this is the closest I can get to what a Kanye "revival" would feel like. I know it's cliche, but I do miss the old Kanye. Common's voice is so commanding on each song, his flow is like syrup, slow and heavy but it packs a punch. The story telling and poetry on this album is astounding. I love so much about this album and it makes me reminiscent of a by-gone era in hip-hop, probably one of the best ones in terms of mixing intelligent lyrics with catchy and bombastic production.

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Tue Jun 15 2021
5

I thought this was excellent, I would like to come back to this one.

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Wed Apr 14 2021
5

An absolute hip hop classic. Common and Kanye simply made magic on this album.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
5

Really liked this album. Have any listens to Common in a long ass time. That was a mistake.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
5

first time listening to the full album. i LOVE it.

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Fri May 14 2021
5

great album, Kanye could not miss the mark back then. 5 stars

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

Perfect.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
5

Really liked it! Rap with some jazz and r&b influence.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
5

Muito boooom, adorei! Será que eu gosto de hip-hop e rap mesmo??

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Wed Apr 07 2021
5

Ah, here we go. I love this album. I had seen it on posters and at stores for years and never listened until last year when I was catching up on hip-hop. This is an incredible album and I love every song on it. Kanye and John Mayer and a few other guests make this extra special and I love the beats. I think Kanye produced this album too which would explain a lot. The album cover makes it seem like it's a gospel album and in a way, this is the good news.

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Sat Mar 20 2021
5

Loved it. 9

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

Easy to listen to. Nice rhythm and sound.

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Thu May 20 2021
5

Like an early kanye album, have loved the album for years

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Mon Feb 08 2021
5

Cool hip hop album!

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Wed May 12 2021
5

Eclectic in topic choices & theme. Yet contiguous in overall emotional impact.

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Thu May 06 2021
5

Very well produced. Certainly a instant classic that shaped and defined a era.

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Thu May 06 2021
5

beautiful hip-hop album, some hints of a classic 70s soul sound, love the overall sound. favorite tracks: faithful, the food,

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Mon Jun 14 2021
5

Excellent

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Tue May 25 2021
5

Straight fire, rhymes, message, music, production this is real hip hop

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Fri May 14 2021
5

Awesome rap album, not just about coming up, deep and has an array of nice sounding tracks

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Sun Aug 01 2021
5

They don't make hip hop albums like this any more because a) Kanye finds it impossible to just let his productions do the talking and b) hip hop has subsequently discovered fucking auto-tune. I absolutely love this album but I do find Common's delivery dull at times compared to his '90s peak. Imagine how incredible Resurrection era Common over Kanye/Dilla beats would have been, sigh.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
5

Ironically, Common is not common at all. In fact, he’s uncommon - a special breed of rapper/poet unlike most others. Maybe that’s what he was going for? Seriously though. This is a great rap album. One of my favorite. It’s also nice (and a little weird) to hear Kanye before he was crazy - or before we all knew for sure he was crazy.

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Sat Nov 06 2021
5

Well this is interesting - reviewed Nas yesterday and today this Common album opens with a reference to "Big Nas." I assume that is the same guy? It's interesting because these two have some pretty different vibes in their music. Not to mention this album is centered around Chicago while Nas' is all New York. I have seen Common perform live a few times at music festivals and really enjoyed it. So I was excited to have a chance to check out one of his albums I've never heard. I loved the album. The music and samples are fantastic, and Common is so good. I particularly love the warm and cozy music that accompanies most of the tracks, with the electric organ enticing you to settle in and listen to the lyrics. "Be (intro)" is a great opening. Other songs that jumped out at me included "The Corner", "Go!", "Love Is...", "Chi-City", and "They Say". But I guess I can say all the songs are quite good. My favorite I think is "Real People". I love the smooth easy-listening vibe with the saxophone. Yet Common's performance still tackles a lot of uncomfortable observations of the world around him. I listened to this three times in a row... just kept letting it repeat and was happy to hear the songs again. A beautiful album!

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Wed Nov 10 2021
5

I was surprised I never sat down and listened to Common. This album mixed with sounds brought in with Kanye was amazing. I’m looking forward to exploring more his work.

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Tue Nov 23 2021
5

Another classic hip hop album from the 2000s. Lots of Kanye on this album as well

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Wed Nov 24 2021
5

Loved it, great to listen in one go, powerful positive message

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Thu Dec 02 2021
5

fav - Faithful gospelly, techno, nice storytelling i love the guitars in the very very intro

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Sat Dec 04 2021
5

insane

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Tue Dec 14 2021
5

Really good

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Sat Jan 01 2022
5

Full of works of art would highly recommend to anyone. 4.6/5

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Tue Jan 04 2022
5

Great album. Very soulful

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Fri Jan 07 2022
5

Excellent production, songwriting, and lyrics.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

best intro

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Fri Jan 21 2022
5

So SO smooth and beautifully produced. It's soulful, conscious rap, and I loved the features!

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Tue Feb 01 2022
5

Nice conscious rap with a jazzy vibe (somewhat reminscent of the Jazz elements on 'To Pimp a Butterfly'). I especially like the first song on the album 'Be (intro)'. Doesn't reach the same levels of insight as Kendrick does (but who does, really) but has interesting mixes of black consciousness, religious inspiration, and promoting ideas of being something in this world. I like the bookends some of the in between songs not being as interesting to me. Probably on a 4,1/2 stars but let's be nice.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
5

Great stuff

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Mon Feb 14 2022
5

Awesome album.

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Tue Mar 01 2022
5

I took the time to listen to this carefully. So solid.

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Wed Mar 02 2022
5

A 90s throwback without the 90s

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Thu Mar 03 2022
5

I enjoyed it

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Fri Mar 18 2022
5

Really good. I'm not a Kanye fan at all, and he had some of his fingers in this pie, but I guess Common managed to keep it good.

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Sun Mar 20 2022
5

THE LAST TRACK WAS CUTE Good times were had.

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Mon Apr 04 2022
5

Rating: 10/10

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Tue Apr 05 2022
5

Head bobbing, nice elec guitar over a grooving beat, strings, high hat, I like Common's voice. Songs move nicely.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
5

Loved this. This album has been on my “to listen list” for well over a decade. When I saw it pop up, I immediately grinned and KNEW today was the day. I put it on and was instantly blown the fuck away. From the smooth rhymes to the fantastic music, this one hit on so many different levels. So glad this came up, because it didn’t disappoint one bit.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
5

Good hip hop album. Cool story, great beats. Crazy ye makes an appearance. Cool representation of Chicago hip hop

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Wed Jun 29 2022
5

Be (Intro); The Corner; Go! ; Faithful; Testify; Love Is… ; Chi-City ; It’s Your World (Part 1 & 2)

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Thu Jul 07 2022
5

CD

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Wed Jul 13 2022
5

So fire...

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Sat Jul 23 2022
5

Everything Common does is *****.

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Tue Aug 09 2022
5

Common continues the sounds he had from the previous record with excellent support from Kanye's production. To me, this album is a bit stronger overall, with some marked improvements in sonic quality.

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Tue Aug 09 2022
5

Just full of good vibes and deep thoughts, and Kanye behind the beats really brings out the best in him. This is a new classic for me for sure.

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Tue Aug 16 2022
5

Good album, Never heard a whole Common album before. He's very serious.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
5

It’s an album that I listen to often and Kanye’s production shines throughout. Be (intro) and the the food - live are up there on songs I’ll listen to for the rest of my life. Be is also a song you can show anyone and they’ll like it Slow motion is better than no motion

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Thu Aug 18 2022
5

One of the greatest / most influential hip-hop albums of the 2000’s. Young Kanye throughout most of the album, and his production is insane. Along with J Dilla. Common speaking the truth through insightful rhymes and Melodie’s. His flow is spectacular within the entire album and his message is clear and takes the listener into the hard-life of a person stuck in the South Side of Chicago. And though Common takes the listener into this, he doesn’t glorify it. It’s a necessity for living, and providing of a harsh reality. Common takes you through life lessons that we all should consider. He legit teaches the listener what love is, should be, and how beautiful it is. Be (intro) is arguably one of the greatest intro’s to a hop-hop album. It takes insane courage to put a live song (The Food) on your album and have it hit as hard as it does. People forget that Common represented Chicago just as much as Kanye at this time. I listened to this album all the way back after I finished it, and throughout the rest of the day. I love it. Started the day today with “They Say”. This is true Hip-Hop and what a real MC is. These are the messages Hip-Hop should convey, and this isn’t an album to take for granted.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

Common and Kanye really brought out the best in each other here. The opening tracks are untouchable. Starts with a beautiful thesis and swings for the fences on The Corner.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

Banging album, sick production, great flow and rhymes

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

Flawless. Surprised I didn’t know Kanye was involved quite a lot.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

Excellent - can see he was a big influence on Kanye

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

Dope af this was a banger

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

I'm not a rap fan but even I can tell that this is good. I like the retro influence and the lyrics are clever.

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Sat Sep 24 2022
5

Jučer sam slušao njegov klasični Resurrection album, i dođe mi danas ovaj - također odličan koji je producirao u potpunosti gospodin West (čudo od producenta i njegovu produkciju mogu nanjušiti ko svinja tartufe). Stvarno jako dobrih stvari ima na ovom albumu. Be je jedna od najboljih pjesama koje postoje - a koja je ispod 3 min. Još odličnih stvari u nastavku: GO!, Faithful, Testify, Love Is..., The Food...uglavnom sve pjesme su odlične, neke su još bolje. Eto. Po mom skromnom mišljenju ovo je nekih 4.5/5, 9/10. Znam, da, opet hip hop opet ja "skroman" sa brojkama, ali šta da ja radim? Obožavam to, a ovo mislim da je više za širu publiku, ovo je baš onako lagan album, mellow, uplifting album sa odličnom produkcijom, gostima, ne traje previše, i mislim da je to zadnji njegov koji sam baš slušao.

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Sat Sep 24 2022
5

Taman sam htjela mu pisat mail da mu je Kanye malo ukro zvuk. I onda sam vidila ko je producent pa ima smisla. SVE mi se svidjelo. Al apsolutno sve.

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Tue Oct 11 2022
5

Classic. It’s been a minute since I’ve listened to it, forgot how good it was.

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Tue Nov 15 2022
5

Really liked this. Hip-hop from this era seemed to soften a bit, in a good way. Appreciated the 45 minute length as well, just right.

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Thu Jul 15 2021
4

Rap / Hip-hop 2005

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Tue Oct 13 2020
4

Great artist. 'Testify' got an amazing tune

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Thu Nov 12 2020
4

Common with Kanye production. Classic soulful samples over hard hitting conscious lyrics about everyday Chicago tales. Can get a bit too positive for me at times but it’s all superbly done nonetheless. Standout Tracks: The Corner, Testify, Chi-City, They Say, It’s Your World

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Wed Sep 23 2020
4

Classic kanys production, decent lyrics

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Thu Dec 17 2020
4

Common is skilled, but a huge part of this album being as good as it is owes itself to Kanye's gorgeous production. Love the actual Chapelle's Show rip on "The Food". Album slows down from "Testify" to "Love Is...". Favorite tracks: "The Food", "Go!", "

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Mon Jan 04 2021
4

really good low-swear Christian rap. Good stuff.

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Wed Nov 04 2020
4

A hidden gem of an album, I’m not even a hip hop fan but this surprised me!

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

Really good beats and raps.

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Wed Nov 18 2020
4

Looks very strange, my mom asked my to pause the music cause is too dark

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

Impeccable, peak production from Kanye West. Contains the track performed live by Common and Kanye on Chappelle's Show.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

Impressive accessible hip hop

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

I'll admit-- I've never listened to Common. But, man, am I glad I did. Soulful, direct, this collab with Kanye is truly symphonic.

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Mon May 17 2021
4

First few tracks are great. Faithful was annoying as chipmunks were singing. Best track is The Food. Lots of good stuff here. Not really my normal sound but high 3.5

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Tue Mar 30 2021
4

4.2

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

This was awesome, great music, great rap. Liked the Kanye parts too

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

Fantastic hip hop record with Kanye in the back.... what more do I need to say?

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Fri Jun 25 2021
4

Good r&b album. I like the beat.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
4

Classic early 2000s Chicago productions, poignant messages

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Wed Mar 17 2021
4

What an absolute jam! Creative, varied, passionate, and original--definitely one of the better rap albums I've heard. And to have Kanye and John Legend in there? Awesome!

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Sun Jan 24 2021
4

great hip hop album

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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

My favorite track might be "The Food" live from Chappelle's Show even though the fidelity is lower.

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Mon Jun 21 2021
4

The lyric flow and DJ work are very evidently first rate but I didn't give this close enough attention. Very shallow in the genre, I'll need to revisit this.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Inspirational--especially given the times now (Jan 2021).

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Sat Mar 13 2021
4

Underrated

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

Wow. This was unexpected - I've never heard of Common before, but his style is square in that intelligent lyrical/spiritual/social questioning style that really does it for me. Sounds east coast style, but Chicago in origin. Really enjoying this. Going to listen a 2nd time and then branch out to his other albums. This will be going into the liked songs for future rotation.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

Rap usually isn't for me. I have a difficult time relating to the lyrics, my experience typically doesn't match with theirs. I end up judging rap by the how the music and vocals combine. This was a pretty good album. I have heard of Common, but never listened.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

I've never really listened to Common before, though I've seen plenty of his movies :). I really like this album.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Cooler Old-School-Vibe, aber nicht so mein Ding, zu Gangsta und zu FTP.

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Fri May 14 2021
4

Really enjoyed this, despite not generally listening to hip-hop/rap. Felt like a chill summer day in the 90s/00s. Words like smooth, chill, groove, soulful etc come to mind. Favourite song is The Corner. Makes me wanna go discover more hip hop.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Very good flow/lyrical content coupled with some timeless beats

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Cool beats. Need to listen again, focus on lyrics.

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Sat Mar 20 2021
4

Good but Common’s delivery is corny and some of the beats sound a little canned. Still a classic and well-produced rap album. 8

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

Nice, Tamy says it's very important

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Rap con buena mediodía. Soft bueno para cualquier momento

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Sat Mar 20 2021
4

8. Solid album

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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

I’ve always thought of common as kind of corny but this is so smooth and soulful, he has one of the best voices for hip-hop ever and I’m so glad I listened to this. More hip hop albums should be 43 minutes long

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Sat Mar 20 2021
4

Cool album with good rapping but nothing too outstanding. 7-8

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Great tunes, amazing production from a Kanye in his prime.

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Sat Apr 17 2021
4

I like common

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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

Kyle met Common. He was dope. I thought this album was dope. Hi everyone!

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Wed Mar 17 2021
4

I'm crap at reviewing hip hop, so I'll just say this is especially good. Covered some good topics lyrically and it all feels very genuine and moving.

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Sat Jun 05 2021
4

Kanyes touch on production has pushed this to a four - brilliant stuff with great beats, strong lyrics and rapping. Will explore more

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

First time listening to Common, totally passed by this phase of rap/hip-hop so a great introduction. Will definitely listen to some tracks from this again.

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Sun Mar 07 2021
4

Summerfeeling im Intro

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Sun Mar 14 2021
4

bueno

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Wed Apr 28 2021
4

If Marvin Gaye's What's Going On was a hip-hop album. It's a great combo of hip-hop and soul music

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Sun Apr 04 2021
4

El álbum de hiphop que más me ha gustado hasta el momento.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

Very nice and chill album. Kinda feels like old school rap, but with a modern touch to it. Guy looks like black Binging with Babish.

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Sun May 23 2021
4

Very good album!

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Sun May 23 2021
4

This album is smooth as hell.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

I can vibe with this. I didn't get to listen to the lyrics a whole lot cuz of work, but the instrumentals were nice. I give it a 4.

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Wed May 26 2021
4

I love Common, but really this is a Kanye album starring Common. And that's still ok. The production definitely benefits, but it's a trade off lyrically and wears on the concept as the album goes on. The Corner is an all-timer and Be is also fire. The rest of the album is really good but can't quite give it a 5.

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Sat Jul 03 2021
4

Very cool rap album. Fun guest appearances by Kanye. Has a Chappelle Show track, which is always a good time.

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Easy to listen to. Addictive beats. Classic.

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Sat May 15 2021
4

The producer really knows how to make soul beats.

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Mon Jul 05 2021
4

Be is pretty much the definitive 2000’s hip hop album

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Sun May 16 2021
4

Pretty good

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Mon Jun 21 2021
4

Nodded the whole time.

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Sat May 08 2021
4

1. slow start, but powaful finish, good stuff. 2. siiick 3. very catchy lmao, GO GO GO GO 4. oof, great lyrics & sampling 5. damn, another dope track, that sample ahhh 6. slaps 7. SLAPS 8. woahh live? FIIIRE, him & kanye goin off 9. shiiiet, another banger. lyrics man 10. intro was enough to make this a fave hah 11. i wanna be a duck. anyway, deep track overall thoughts: on first listen, i'd give it a 4/5. lots of good tracks to come back to, and maybe like 2 that are meh. not a bad track on here tho. has really great writing and sampling.

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Fri Jul 02 2021
4

Fantastic.

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Tue May 25 2021
4

15. a marginal ficou mais escura desde que de lá saímos. às palpitações sobrepõem-se pontadas. há alguém por cima de nós. alguém que nos guarda e fará o sol despontar entre as palmeiras. a qualquer instante, vais ver. já faltou mais. MotA: GO! "I wanna be as free as the spirits of those who left / I'​m talking Malcolm, Coltrane, my man Yusef"

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Mon Jun 21 2021
4

Similar to the last Common album in this generator, his storytelling is amazing. I enjoyed this album more than Like Water For Chocolate - it feels more refined. Really enjoyed this, will be listening to more Common in the future.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

GOOD shit.

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Mon Jul 05 2021
4

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Mon Sep 06 2021
4

Damn amazing album. Common has always been on point, but Kanye's participation reminds me of what made him so great.

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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

Common on the mic and Kanye West on production is a powerful thing. This is on display throughout the entire album, but The Food is where it really shines, especially where it's a live performance with so much energy. The whole album is a spectacular showing of rap excellence at this time. Common has great lyrics and flow, and Kanye has great beats from early in his career. Majestic.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
4

Another enjoyable hip hop album. More smooth than others of the genre, both in the music and raps which have a warmth of subject line relationships, family etc... a nice mature soulful sound. Half way through and enjoying the generally positive message. Then comes Chi city which has what I perceive as more traditional rap theme's...life on the streets, police conflict, etc. Still a pretty smooth sound to the music. 3.75 🌟

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Sat Oct 02 2021
4

3.6 - Original, good and would listen again

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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

Overall the album pretty good with enjoyable beats. Faithful and They Say are the best songs on the album. 3.5/5 Stars

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Tue Oct 19 2021
4

Good songs, great lyrics and production. Kanye West clearly heavily involved.

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Sat Oct 23 2021
4

This is really good. Definitely finds it's message, but the tracks themselves each have a pretty unique vibe that finds its groove and carries it. I think Kanye is a welcome contributor here and elevates his contributions. Maybe a little long by the end, but really enjoyable.

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Sat Oct 23 2021
4

Great hip hop sounds. LOVE the background vocals. Really nice.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

Great samples, warm sounding album.

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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

As much as I viewed Like Water For Chocolate as an interesting curiosity, this album is just straight up art. Wonderful from start to finish. Warm, intense beats and thoughtful lyrics.

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Sat Nov 06 2021
4

Cool and smooth. Common's style on this album is easy to listen to. My favorite was The Corner with some other tracks very pleasing.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

Common is one of those under-rated (to me, at least, maybe?) artists. This is such a great album that I don't visit often enough. I little too slick 2000s production, perhaps, but damn...this album is representative of an era. Great stuff.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

Pretty good album. Kanye was a nice surprise, and his influence could be heard throughout.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

This is actually a nice album - thought "GO!" and "The Food" with Kanye providing supporting vocals was great and the best songs on the album. 8/10.

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Tue Dec 07 2021
4

Nice to see Common on here. He’s got great tone, flow and lyrical content. Did not know this was produced by Kanye? Nice beats, still not a fan of the chipmunks thought.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
4

Cool

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Tue Dec 14 2021
4

A master of the genre, you can't fail to admire the polished production on this album.

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Tue Dec 14 2021
4

This album should really be a 3.7. It is good, but I cannot say that any one song is an absolute hit. I was familiar with some of the songs.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
4

Well produced and well written

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Wed Dec 22 2021
4

Common isn’t afraid to show his soft side but doesn’t want you thinking he’s a pushover. Thoughtful, considered, occasionally dull in his earnestness, at least Common is true to self and working hard to express himself as an artist. His lyricism is often on point; his flow a little laid back; and as such, he doesn’t grab your attention like a Jay-Z or Eminem. Occasionally the record fades into the background. But his choice of collaborator in Kanye West is superb, who brings his soul samples and beats to full effect - this is genius Kanye (instead of loopy Kanye) and the soundscape is gorgeous. Be (Intro) is one of his greatest productions - thrilling, heart soaring music with Common’s glorious musings on the future and fatherhood and potential - this, along with tracks like Chi City and Real People, is where the album really comes alive. One more note in the art of sampling - Kanye didn’t just take a stone cold classic and add a beat to it; Mother Nature by Albert Jones is a TERRIBLE track about rabbits and bees and how Mother Nature made you for me - it’s about as by the numbers as a soul record can get - BUT it has this horn section on the intro - super short - and that becomes the heart of this Be (Intro). To dig that out of obscurity, recognise its potential, flip it and make it something greater - well that’s the sampler’s art right there. Kanye is a genius.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

lovely flow of the raps, swinging arrangements

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Tue Dec 28 2021
4

Great verses worth multiple listens

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Sat Jan 01 2022
4

pretty nice

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Sat Jan 01 2022
4

Great. Can hear a lot of influences like NAS and how he’s influenced others like Mos Def. Can’t believe I’d never heard this before.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

Damn, the production's off the charts here. It's all so smoooooth. Really happy to have experienced this one, because I don’t think I would have otherwise. Standout tracks: - Be (Intro) - The Corner - It’s Your World

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Tue Jan 11 2022
4

Great album, Lori relaxing beats, lyrically amazing. Very enjoyable!

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Wed Jan 12 2022
4

Already know I love it!

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

Since the first song you know you are in for an experience, soulful beats chopped by none other than Kanye West and J Dilla, two of the best music producers ever, while one of the greatest Chicago MCs Common throws great bars one after another on symphony with the beat. Powerful soulful music with Conscious rap about street life, love and thought provoking lyrics that can really bring so much joy listening to. Fav Tracks: Be (Intro), The Corner, Faithful, The Food (Live), They Say, It's Your World (Part 1 & 2)

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

Great rap album

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Tue Jan 18 2022
4

I love Common's beats, even if his vocals get kind of buried. They don't have that super in front compression. Oh shit it was produced by Kanye. That would make sense. Go is a great song. Testify kills.

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Sat Jan 22 2022
4

Some real good tracks here. Love the nods to a whole lot of legendary sounds and artists, yet he's strong enough to make it his own -- very hard balance to strike, and it's impressive. Love his sense of melody and storytelling, too. I'll give this one more listens. Solid, solid album.

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Sun Jan 23 2022
4

New to Common, I think this is solid. Beats are cool, most tracks are smooth and pretty inoffensive, kind of easy-listening.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

I really enjoyed this. It's smooth and strong.

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Sat Jan 29 2022
4

4.5/5. Very solid, very catchy, very woke, very Kanye

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Tue Feb 01 2022
4

Good music, not exactly what Id like but Ive listened and feel good.

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Sat Feb 05 2022
4

Bom álbum, mas não é meu estilo.

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Sun Feb 06 2022
4

Næs plata. Get alveg hugsað mér að stúdera hana vel.

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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

This was my introduction to Common and it was really quite a pleasure. In the barrage of crap rap and hiphop this was a breath of fresh air. Great lyrics, great music and no need to shout.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
4

Amazing first listen, Common’s smooth voice over Kanye’s voice is pure perfection.

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Fri Feb 25 2022
4

first song goes INSANE

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Wed Mar 02 2022
4

An exceptionally produced and delivered album. Kanye West’s contribution gives this album a sense of optimism and takes Common’s work into new territory. This album exudes warmth and reminded me of What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye, both in feel and by the album cover itself. The album only suffers because it is not innovative. It is however, Common’s most cohesive.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
4

I like the jazz sounds

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

I found this album on my own a year pr two ago. Before then, I had an image of Common in my head as a cornball a la John Legend (who happens to be featured here). Maybe he, like Legend, has earned that title over the years since ‘Be,’ but it could not be further from the truth here. ‘Be’ knocks. 4.0

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

First and most importantly to me - the music is excellent - gives a real 70s analog soul/r&b feel and Common has a great voice and I really like his flow. No trap beats either thank god. "The Corner" has a fantastic groove and has the feel of a gritty 70s movie. "Testify" and "Real People" are other favourites. Actually the bookends of "Be" and "It's Your World" are perfect as opener/closer and I think "It's Your World" is the highlight - really love the spoken word aspects to finish the album. Be....eternal. Hip-hop isn't the genre I'm most familiar with but I know enough to realize what i do like, and these ingredients are the perfect recipe for me. He lets the music shine through enough that it makes it a better musical experience than a lot of modern popular music. After a few listens this is a strong 4 - this is an album that will continue to grow on me. 8/10 4 stars

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Sat Mar 19 2022
4

This album slaps

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Sun Mar 20 2022
4

Another essential hip-hop album, the production and storytelling on this are just very very good

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Sun Mar 20 2022
4

Right from the smooth intro this was goood, very easy listening. Enjoyed Kanye's bits too.

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Tue Mar 22 2022
4

sounds muy bueno to mich

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Tue Mar 22 2022
4

Le producteur est chaud

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Sat Apr 09 2022
4

Good songs, great lyrics and production. Kanye West clearly heavily involved. 4 🌟

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Tue Apr 12 2022
4

Another enjoyable hip hop album. More smooth than others of the genre, both in the music and raps which have a warmth of subject line relationships, family etc... a nice mature soulful sound. Half way through and enjoying the generally positive message. Then comes Chi city which has what I perceive as more traditional rap theme's...life on the streets, police conflict, etc. Still a pretty smooth sound to the music. 3.75 🌟

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Tue Apr 19 2022
4

L'album de la maturité pour La Fouine. L'artiste y fait ce qu'il sait faire de mieux en enchaînant d'abord ses célèbres gimmicks (Fouiny babe, Ban-ban-banlieue sale, Chuis pro-prié-taire, Fouiny est pro-prié-taire...) et en concluant son projet par une magnifique collaboration avec Patrick Bruel. En bref, un excellent album.

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