by CommonCommon

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record)

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"Classic" may be an overused word, but in the case of Common's sixth studio album, Be, it's a fitting descriptor. Helmed by hip-hop's top producer of the moment, Kanye West, the disc features some of Common's best work in years. Gone are the experimental rhythms and jarring riffs of 2002's Electric Circus. Here, the Chicago native goes back to basics with boomin' bass lines and thumpin' drums courtesy of West and Detroit producer J. Dilla. These sonic gems inspire Common to pen poetically honest lyrics about life and love. On "Faithful," featuring crooners John Legend and Bilal, Common illuminates a man's struggle to resist temptation, and on the melodic "Love Is," he explores various definitions of the "L" word. Be isn't limited to matters of the heart, however, as grittier tracks like "Chi City" and "The Food" prove that the veteran mic wrecker can still hold his own in any rap battle. Common also shows he hasn't lost the knack for storytelling he showcased on earlier albums such as Resurrection -- most compellingly on the conceptual "Testify," which vividly retells the tale of a woman watching her lover go down for a crime he didn't commit. With no skits and limited guest appearances, this is a stellar disc that allows this eclectic MC to outshine his peers and to just Be. An instant classic. Anslem Samuel

Product Details

Release Date: 05/24/2005
Label: Geffen Records
UPC: 0602498819029
catalogNumber: 000467001

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Common   Primary Artist,Rap
Last Poets   Spoken Word
James Poyser   Strings,Keyboards,Various
Karriem Riggins   Percussion,Drums
Kanye West   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Num Amun-Tehu   Percussion
A-Trak   scratching,Turntables
John Mayer   Background Vocals
Derrick Hodge   Double Bass,Acoustic Bass
Bilal   Background Vocals
John Legend   Background Vocals
Lonnie Lynn   Background Vocals
DJ Dummy   scratching,Turntables
Mister Lonnie & The Kids Lynn   Background Vocals
Kids   Track Performer
Luna E   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Sam Cooke   Composer
Marvin Gaye   Composer
General Johnson   Composer
Eugene Record   Composer
Angelo Bond   Composer
Umar Bin Hassan   Composer
Thom Bell   Composer
Eddie Cornelius   Composer
Anna Gordy Gaye   Composer
James Poyser   Audio Production,Instrumentation
Andrew Dawson   Engineer
Common   Executive Producer
Charles Hunt   Engineer
Karriem Riggins   Composer,Producer
Elgie Stover   Composer
Kanye West   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Anthony Kilhoffer   Engineer
James Nyx   Composer
Dave Chappelle   Introduction
John Legend   Composer
Cass Bird   Cover Photo
J Dilla   Audio Production
Lonnie Lynn   Composer,Poetry
Darren "ROCK" Darnell   Engineer
Derrick Dudley   Executive Producer
Hulis Mavruk   Art Direction
Jared Zastrow   Engineer

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