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the really quite famous rapper.
- because it is mainly produced by Kanye West and prior to being produced by Kanye West he was worthy and boring.
I've heard bits of Ressurection and really like it...
"I stand before you three grammy nominations later" (and still not as popular as kanye, boo hoo). he's not as good as pharoah monche though.
but calling 'Be' Common's best album, especially for the reasons you have, is mind-blowing.
Resurrection and Like Water For Chocolate are two of the best hip-hop albums ever made and should be a part of any collection.
this is where i bow out mind.
You should listen to him.
Everything after was pretty poor.
Resurrection is also very good.
But I guess it depends if you prefer No ID, the Roots or Kanye-by-numbers.
...to neo-soul worthiness any day.
It's mostly Kanye. Lyrical content is in freefall as well.
I like most of that holier-than-thou soulquarian stuff. Like Water For Chocolate and Things Fall Apart are great.
so what I really meant was that everything after this is rubbish.
Electric Circus is nuts, and just a little over the top. + points for featuring your one from Stereolab, - points for that fool from POD of whatever rubbish US band it was.
..'The Corner' is undeniably a massive, massive jam and is produced by Kanye. It's so much of a jam in fact that I had to bite the bullet and retract my "I hate Common, the boring neo-soul shithead" sloganeering and buy his album.
I didn't buy the one after 'Be' though and it's highly unlikely that I'll buy his new one which is mainly produced by Pharrell, who from the sound of the singles, doesn't exactly seem to be on 'Hell Hath No Fury'-esque form.
Is probably his "fullest" album even though its got the least amount of tracks on. Its just such a good, unique sound e.g. testify, the corner, go, the food. His flow is also immense. Gotta love both Lupe's albums though. His flow is almost untouchable in "alternative hip-hop".
it's so inventive, yet every track a winner. dylanesque, that's shallow to say it's got the guy from pod on, so minus points. fair play if you've actually heard electric wire and think it's shit, but it's wild good. if you look at plus and minus points for guests, it's probably the best album ever: ?uestlove, dilla, bilal, erykah badu, mary j blige, the neptunes, laetitia stereolab, prince, jill scott.
finding forever second best. one day, be and like water were mostly boring.
lupe's flow is awkward i reckon, far from untouchable, not a patch on common.
And the stereolab song is really good.
The Neptunes song is pretty poor, especially relative to what are capable of. Just sounds like a deliberate attempt to have a radio single and doesn't fit on the album.
The rest of the guests are fairly predictable (but good).
Where does Prince appear?
Still prefer Like Water, but each to their own.
And to the guy who said that Be has a unique sound - have you been living under a rock for the last three or four years?
always found him a bit condescending and lumpen. still a better mc than kweli
i really like the neptunes song, come close, a great slow jam, not too sickly.
prince plays keys on star 69.
Listen to the production on songs like Testify, its fantastic for the year. From that to "Finding Forever", you can HEAR the difference. He seems excited to spit his words out on Be and the production allows it. It fades slightly the angrier he gets, that sorta thing. Little touches. Theres others doing it now and i understand obviously that its the "in" thing to be alternatively hip-hop at the moment ala Kanye, Wheezy, Lupe etc. But still, in 2005, Be was a SERIOUSLY well crafted record.
And his production sound has been around since Jay-Z's Blueprint in 2002, never mind his own stuff from about 2003.
I'm not saying it's not decent or well-made, but it is by no means unique. It's as common as the Neptunes or Timbaland productions.
Does it sound like Timbalands over produced train wreck of a "sound". Timbalands tracks are forgettable, they follow the same structure time and time again.
Be is much MUCH more diverse and although Kanye produced nearly all of it, i personally dont think it sounds like his production work as much as say, The Blueprint does, or the stuff he did for John Legend, The Game, Mariah Carey or Talib. His production on those albums (not that i like the majority of those people) is just his generic auto-pilot production. On Be, it just works so well, it sounds so fresh and interesting, not just your simple bullshit production values.