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    From http://www.common-music.com

    May 2005

    Music is supposed to mirror life. With 11 tracks that focus on feeling not filler, the Chicago champ formerly known as Common Sense has birthed ‘05’s top LP with the impeccable Be. The album’s first single, the impenetrable inner-city anthem “The Corner,” sets up the initial statement for the man born Lonnie Rashid Lynn: He’s neither that rapper on Resurrection not the one on Electric Circus-he’s evolved into a synthesis of the two. On Be, Common plays poet and documentarian, showing us the triumphs and tragedies that occur in Ghetto, USA. And with Be’s co-pilot, Kanye West, supplying the lion’s share of the score (nine of eleven tracks) by stepping up even his production game with layers of bluesy yet granite-hard compositions, joints like the jazz-fueled “Real People” reflect Common’s penchant for “showin *****’s lives like UPN.” In fact, the CD’s cohesive sound can be attributed to the synergy between Common and Kanye.

    Common’s wordsmith wizardry soars beyond stylistics: It excels at photographing real life. On “It’s Your World,” Comm recounts his own coming of age and the story of an aspiring songstress turned prostitute. Over soul-stirring strings and a marching drum track courtesy of K-Dilla (the producer behind the LP’s remaining two tracks), Common recalls, “I remember in high school she had a passion to sing/Now she see herself in a casket in dreams.”

    While label support and the times heavily influence whether great music can be crowned classic, if nothing else Common has created a flawless album. By giving us himself completely and speaking to and for us as complete people, he’s birthed the total package.

  • #2
    Im def gonna cop that, i hated the circus shit
    8 YEARS DEEP

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    • #3
      Yep...

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      • #4
        nice...don't hate on Kanye

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        • #5
          This'll be great as long as Kanye doesn't rap on it.
          NEPatriots 3x World Champions
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          • #6
            this should BE a good albuym, LOL, no pun intended, LOLOLOOOOLOL
            FREE XBOX360 it really works, I did it for a free ipod, just sign up and complete the FREE audiobooks 1 month trial. Absolutley free.

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            • #7
              Can't stand Common. His music holds no fucking weight w/me whatsoever.
              Let's see,
              I've been banned over twenty
              times, I make fun of everyone
              besides body-builders. (I give
              them the time of day). And I've
              created more new accounts
              than someone who practices
              identity theft.
              Truly, I have no life and I need
              making fun of others to replen-
              ish my self esteem.
              -Jeff (Swoll)

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Ivan Drago
                Can't stand Common. His music holds no fucking weight w/me whatsoever.
                no1 would expect it 2 with sum1 probyl as dumb as u

                "whats that word mean" and all that shit
                FREE XBOX360 it really works, I did it for a free ipod, just sign up and complete the FREE audiobooks 1 month trial. Absolutley free.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Dirrty aka ST
                  no1 would expect it 2 with sum1 probyl as dumb as u

                  "whats that word mean" and all that shit
                  Such irony.

                  I just don't relate to his struggles with the hood and shit. His songs I've heard have bored me to sleep.

                  Now you may return to pretending to be black, w.igger.
                  Let's see,
                  I've been banned over twenty
                  times, I make fun of everyone
                  besides body-builders. (I give
                  them the time of day). And I've
                  created more new accounts
                  than someone who practices
                  identity theft.
                  Truly, I have no life and I need
                  making fun of others to replen-
                  ish my self esteem.
                  -Jeff (Swoll)

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                  • #10
                    ^U r fucking retarded. I don't relate to his struggles yet I still enjoy his music. Lmao "stick to pretending to be black, w.igger" im sure u relate to bizarre's struggles with raping his grandma tho
                    Originally Posted by FaB514
                    You have to preserve the color of your skin or else everyone will be brown
                    Eminem started sucking ass after 8 Mile. He can't rap worth shit now.

                    fabbeddockamam

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                    • #11
                      yeah Common is boring as shit...i respect him, and i don't doubt his album will be awesome for some people, but then again, look how much the Backstreet Boys sold...
                      ANYONE THAT APPRECIATES HORROR FILMS MUST WATCH "MARTYRS"

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Professor RT
                        ^U r fucking retarded. I don't relate to his struggles yet I still enjoy his music. Lmao "stick to pretending to be black, w.igger" im sure u relate to bizarre's struggles with raping his grandma tho
                        Eat shit, w.igger.

                        Perhaps if you had any reading comprehension skills whatsoever you would've ascertained that I find his music boring apart from the fact that I can't relate to his shit. There's a lot of music I can't relate to that I enjoy. Common's shit is just boring. Same with John Legend and a lot of Kanye's shit.

                        Isn't it time for your mom to take you to TJ Maxx so you can buy some more oversized Karl Kani gear from the clearance rack?

                        Poser.
                        Let's see,
                        I've been banned over twenty
                        times, I make fun of everyone
                        besides body-builders. (I give
                        them the time of day). And I've
                        created more new accounts
                        than someone who practices
                        identity theft.
                        Truly, I have no life and I need
                        making fun of others to replen-
                        ish my self esteem.
                        -Jeff (Swoll)

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                        • #13
                          Haha fuck you. I don't even wear Karl Kani shit bitch. Ha I aint arguing with you cuz u dont know good music.

                          Common, John Legend, and Kanye=Good Music

                          D12=gay poppy music
                          Originally Posted by FaB514
                          You have to preserve the color of your skin or else everyone will be brown
                          Eminem started sucking ass after 8 Mile. He can't rap worth shit now.

                          fabbeddockamam

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