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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 is off da chain!!

This album is really meaningful, not only to hip hop, but to the African American culture as well. Common uses hot beats and honest lyrics on songs like "The Corner", "Testify", "Chi-City" and especially on "It's Your World". Buy this album if you want TRUE hip hop.

Common's 2nd Best ALBUM. People slept on him.

Every single track is Money. Best Hip Hop Album of 2005.

this is rap at its best!

This is just good period! I have listened to most of the songs they are great! they are soulful, and insightful and anyone that likes music will love this album.


Born: March 13, 1972 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

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

Common (originally Common Sense) has been one of the most highly influential figures in rap music, keeping the sophisticated lyrical technique and flowing syncopations of jazz-rap alive in an era when the mainstream and hardcore have increasingly threatened to obliterate everything in its path. His outward looking, nimbly performed rhymes, and political consciousness haven't always fit the fashions of rap trends, but his albums have been praised by critics, and he achieved mainstream popularity with...
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