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Album Review

Thisisme Then: The Best of Common surveys the early career of the Chi-town artist formerly known as Sense. Drawing from his first three albums (Can I Borrow a Dollar? Resurrection, One Day It'll All Make Sense), this collection of 15 classic tracks gives a picture of Common's stylistic evolution. The earliest first-album cuts show us an MC whose high-energy, conspicuously squeaky tongue-twister vocals, and comedic subject matter mirrored a variety of hip-hop acts of the day (Das EFX, Redman, et al.). The Resurrection tracks mark a clear turning point — a move away from light-hearted content toward poetic maturity. "I Used to Love H.E.R.," with its airtight extended metaphor, remains one of the most poignant hip-hop songs of all time. By album three, Common had garnered respect from the likes of De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest, and his work heralded the arrival of a new kind of conscious super MC, capable of speaking from the heart on subjects such as street crime ("Stolen Moments"), abortion ("Retrospective for Life"), religion ("G.O.D."), and coming to terms with one's adolescent past ("Reminding Me (Of Sef)"). Thisisme Then also includes the rarely heard "High Expectations" from the soundtrack to the 1997 film Soul in the Hole., Rovi

Customer Reviews

Soul by the pound

How anybody can compare Mase with Common amazes me, Common is easily one of the greatest rappers of all time and can only be compared with true hip-hop legends such as Rakim, KRS one, Slick Rick, Run DMC etc etc. You can not denie his lyrical ability of story telling, never sold out never went mainstream and has still retained his all of street poetry wisdom even after 15 years or more. which is living proof you don't have to sell out to make it. I would suggest this album to any one who was bored of hearing rappers talk about b*tches nine and forties and was in the mood for something a little deeper. All in all a good eclectic mix of his work!


ignore the other review, common is a legend, i use to love h.e.r is one of the best hip hop tunes ever made!!

In His Dreams

He wishes he had any talent. Sounds like an 80yr old Mase. Go home or watch your career get flushed. P.S. STOP ACTING!!!!!


Born: 13 March 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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  • £7.99
  • Genres: Hip-Hop/Rap, Music, Alternative Rap, Hip-Hop
  • Released: 25 January 2008
  • Parental Advisory

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