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Editors’ Notes

Intimate yet expansive in its depiction of his Windy City, Be is Common’s return to his street-poet roots after the quirky Electric Circus. There’s a starkly real yet ultimately positive worldview throughout, because Common brings as much thoughtfulness to a track about gangbanging (“The Corner”) as he does the gorgeous self-love anthem “It’s Your World.” It’s the equivalent of listening to riveting stories from your pops . . . but over a soulful, scratchy beat.

Customer Reviews


Common matters. Listen and learn.

yah thats the good stuff

second best common album, there is not a single crapy track on this. I was plesently surprised when i got this, back when it came out. To me its worth more then 9.99 or 7.99.


Personally Common is my favourite MC. There really are no words to describe how amazing this cd is from the beginning of the cd your head is nodding. I also was lucky enough to see him live and wow this is a MC that purley loves music and loves hip hop. Can't wait for the next album. PS you need this album in your collection.


Born: March 13, 1972 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Common (originally Common Sense) was a highly influential figure in rap's underground during the '90s, keeping the sophisticated lyrical technique and flowing syncopations of jazz-rap alive in an era when commercial gangsta rap was threatening to obliterate everything in its path. His outward looking, nimbly performed rhymes and political consciousness certainly didn't fit the fashions of the moment, but he was able to win a devoted cult audience. By the late '90s, a substantial underground movement...
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