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Instinct fuels Common during his pre-artistic makeover era. The most enjoyable tracks are the ones where Com lets his guard down and lets us peek inside his mind. "The Question" ponders the imponderable, in a way that Tribe Called Quest did on "What?" He exacts revenge on some stick-up kids on "Payback is a Grandmother." The finest moment is "The Sixth Sense," a collaboration with DJ Premier that has everything a hip-hop track should have: smart lyrics, sharp hook, plus beats and scratches. With Common flying by the seat of his impulses, Like Water For Chocolate serves as a reminder that he is a rapper first and social theorist second.

Customer Reviews


I wrote a review on the Explicit version, but then realized that track 14 (Geto Heaven) doesn't have D'angelo but rather Macy Gray. I remembered when I bought this album when it was first released and the original track 14 was to me better than the remix. I can't find that album anywhere?! Still a great CD...check out track 11...Dwele?

Common w/ Dilla and Premier

A majority of the album is Dilla (aka Jay Dee) produced and 6th sense is a DJ Premier beat... Common and Dilla work really well together.... The Light, Dooinit, Nag Champa, and Thelonious which is also on Slum Village (founded by Dilla) Fantastic Volume 2 which is a must have for all fans of hip hop...this album is beautifully made

Thank god for Com.

Common never gets enough back for his work by popular media, but atleast there's a strong voice out there who might guide people to the real music, (Like his callaborations with Slum Village and Black Thought of the Roots) I love this album; not his best, but I can definitly hear him getting to the point of near perfection he's reached now.


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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