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Format: CD
Sku: 63980313
UPC: 602498818626
UPC 14: 00602498818626
Release Date: 5/24/2005
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Be (Intro) ~ Common
2. Corner, The - (featuring The Last Poets) ~ Common
3. GO! - (featuring John Mayer) ~ Common
4. Faithful ~ Common
5. Testify ~ Common
6. Love Is... ~ Common
7. Chi-City ~ Common
8. Food, The - (live) ~ Common
9. Real People ~ Common
10. They Say - (featuring Kanye West/John Legend) ~ Common
11. It's Your World (Part 1&2) - (featuring Bilal) ~ Common

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Common (rap vocals); The Last Poets (spoken vocals); James Poyser (various instruments); Derrick Hodge (double bass); Num Amun-Tehu (percussion); A-Trak, DJ Dummy (turntables); John Legend, John Mayer , Kanye West, Lonnie Lynn, Bilal, Luna E (background vocals).
Muze PNote After fusing hip-hop, rock, and soul on 2002's THE ELECTRIC CIRCUS, Chicago rapper Common returned three years later with BE. Like its two-letter title, BE is much leaner, consisting of 11 pure hip-hop tracks marked by Common's enlightened, contemplative, easy-flowing lyrics. Although the album is more streamlined, it's not predictable or unoriginal, as the beats unfold with the same combination of rawness and melodic energy that made Kanye West's debut so uncommonly engaging. This is no coincidence--West is present throughout much of BE, producing all but two of the songs here. West even appears on one of the disc's highlights, "The Food," with some expert freestyle rhyming as captured live on CHAPPELLE'S SHOW.
Muze PNote Common's confident, yet constantly searching, demeanor and his poetic instinct for just the right words bonds him to the heritage of hip-hop, a point hit home by the presence of rap legends the Last Poets on "The Corner." Common is always slightly and endearingly unsure, and his self-deprecation seeps out on "Love Is..." and "Faithful." However, he has the inner power to garner attention, as evident on the smooth party jam "GO!" (featuring John Mayer). BE is Common at his unaffected, commanding best.

Producer: Kanye West; DILLA; James Poyser

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist The Last Poets
Muze Guest Artist John Legend
Muze Guest Artist Kanye West
Muze Guest Artist Bilal
Muze Guest Artist John Mayer

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Stakes Is High
Muze Music Compilations Musical Massacre (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Late Registration
Muze Music Compilations Late Registration (Clean Version)
Muze Music Compilations 2k6 Tracks
Muze Music Compilations Flo'ology
Muze Music Compilations Rising Tied (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Rising Tied (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Home Grown Guide To Understanding V1(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Dave Chapelle's Block Party / O.s.t. (Cln)
Muze Music Compilations Entourage (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Freedom Writers
Muze Music Compilations Jill Scott Collaborations
Muze Music Compilations Rising Down
Muze Music Compilations Rising Down(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations LAX(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations LAX(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations LAX (Bonus Tracks)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Theater Of The Mind(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Dillanthology I:dilla's Production Fo
Muze Music Compilations Man On The Moon:End Of Day (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Quality Street Music(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Good Music Cruel Summer(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Jesus Piece(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations King (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations My Homies Part 2
Muze Music Compilations Vh1 Love & Hip Hop:music (ost)
Muze Music Compilations Introducing Joss Stone
Muze Music Compilations Nina Revisited:tribute To Nina Simone
Muze Music Compilations LAX (Clean)
Muze Music Compilations Jesus Piece
Muze Music Compilations Jesus Piece(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Black Radio Volume 2
Muze Music Compilations VH1 LOVE HIP HOP:MUSIC (OST)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Playlist:very Best Of Common
Muze Music Compilations Playlist:very Best Of Common
Muze Music Compilations GRIND DATE(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations PRHYME(Explicit Version)

Associated Artists and Works

King [PA] [Limited] ~ T.I.

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/24/2005
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2005
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 0004670
Music Label Name Label : Geffen
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602498818626

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (No. 975, p.70)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "[H]is sixth and best disc....[Kanye] West is the producer Common has been waiting for all of his career: He makes Common both catchier and edgier at the same time..."

Spin (p.63)
- Ranked #17 in Spin's "40 Best Albums Of 2005" - "Bathed in throwback soul and lively drums, Common suddenly sounded like the seer he'd always hoped he was."

Spin (p.102)
- "[With] '70s-soul string samples, store-front-church piano tinkling, chipmunk gospel vocal hooks....Common's remarkably hungry raps push it along." - Grade: A-

Entertainment Weekly (No. 821/822, p.136)
- "[T]he marriage of [Common's] conscious rhymes to [Kanye] West's gritty, boho-inflected production boasts more organic freshness than a Whole Foods Market..." - Grade: A-

Uncut (p.97)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "[The record] offers a rich jukebox of gospel-tinged R&B flavours over which Common scatters his gems."

Mojo (Publisher)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "BE succeeds through its sense of focus and poignancy."

Paste (magazine)
- "The soul and jazz-loop landscapes the producers set Common against highlight his classic, laidback flow..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Common
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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