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Format: CD
Sku: 60396362
UPC: 008811197025
UPC 14: 00008811197025
Release Date: 3/28/2000
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Time Travelin' (A Tribute To Fela) - (featuring Vinia Mojica/Roy Hargrove/Femi Kuti) ~ Common
2. Heat ~ Common
3. Cold Blooded - (featuring Rahzel "The Godfather Of Noyze"/Roy Hargrove/Black Thought) ~ Common
4. Dooinit ~ Common
5. Light, The ~ Common
6. Funky For You - (featuring Bilal/Jill Scott) ~ Common
7. Question, The - (featuring Mos Def) ~ Common
8. Time Travelin' Reprise ~ Common
9. 6th Sense, The - (featuring Bilal) ~ Common
10. Film Called, A (Pimp) - (featuring Bilal/MC Lyte) ~ Common
11. Nag Champa (Afrodisiac For The World) ~ Common
12. Thelonius - (featuring Slum Village) ~ Common
13. Payback Is A Grandmother ~ Common
14. Geto Heaven Part Two - (featuring D'Angelo) ~ Common
15. Song For Assata, A - (featuring Cee-Lo) ~ Common
16. Pop's Rap III...All My Children - (featuring Lonnie "Pops" Lynn) ~ Common
With his combination of hip-hop braggadocio and current news gripping music, Common is taking rap music to the new standard. The Chicago native decided on his moniker, Common Sense, for its natural feel. As the result of a copyright lawsuit filed by a company using the same name, it was later drilled down to the current name.

Other albums by Common include, "Resurrection" and "On Day It'll All Make Sense."

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Common (vocals); D'Angelo (vocals, keyboards, claves); Jay Dee (vocals, scratches); Lonnie "Pops" Lynn, MC Lyte, T3, Baatin, Vinia Mojica, Femi Kuti, James Yancey, Mos Def (vocals); Jeff Lee Johnson (guitar); Antonio Hart (flute); James Poyser (oboe, Fender Rhodes piano, harpsichord, organ, keyboards); Roy Hargrove, Dwight Adams (trumpet); John Paxton (trombone); Stephon Harris (vibraphone); ?estlove (bass, drums); Pino, Richie Goods (bass); Melena (congas); DJ Premier, Mista Sinista (turntables); Black Thought, Cee-Lo, Rahzel "The Godfather Of Noyze", Bilal, Monie Love, Jill Scott (background vocals).
Muze PNote Producers include: DJ Premier, Jay Dee, The Roots, James Poyser, Karriem Riggins.
Muze PNote Engineers include: Joe Pirrera, Todd Fairah, Kenyatta Saunders.
Muze PNote "The Light" was nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance.
Muze PNote Composer: Larry Gold.
Muze PNote Personnel: T3 (vocals, hand claps); Femi Kuti, Vinia Mojica (vocals); Jef Lee Johnson (guitar); Antonio Hart (flute); Roy Hargrove (trumpet); D'Angelo (piano, keyboards, claves); James Poyser (organ, keyboards); Questlove (drums); Baatin (hand claps); DJ Premier, Jay Dee, Mista Sinista (scratches); Rahzel Brown, Bilal Oliver, Jill Scott, Monie Love, Black Thought (background vocals).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Steve Mandel; Questlove; Russell Elevado; Bob Power.
Muze PNote Recording information: DAR; Electric Lady Studio, NY; Patchwerk Studio, Atlanta, GA; Studio A, Dearborn Heights, MI; Touch Of Jazz Studio, Phiadelph.
Muze PNote Photographer: Christian Lantry.
Muze PNote Considered by critics to be one of hip-hop's most skilled lyricists, Common has yet to receive the mainstream attention he deserves. But LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE, his fourth album, is likely to change that. While positive lyrics and musical uniqueness have always been Common's forte, this MCA Records' debut presented feel-good hip-hop at a time when the genre's most successful artists were concerned with materialism and party-friendly production. Most of the beats on LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE are provided by Jaydee of the Ummah, a producer who helped shape the latter sound of A Tribe Called Quest. And while Common's strongest track, "The 6th Sense," was actually produced by DJ Premier, his TCQ-inspired sound on this album sheds new light on the prolific rapper.

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Mos Def
Muze Guest Artist Femi Kuti
Muze Guest Artist MC Lyte
Muze Guest Artist Cee-Lo Green
Muze Guest Artist D'Angelo
Muze Guest Artist Slum Village
Muze Guest Artist Jill Scott
Muze Guest Artist Roy Hargrove
Muze Guest Artist Vinia Mojica
Muze Guest Artist Rahzel "The Godfather Of Noyze"
Muze Guest Artist Black Thought
Muze Guest Artist Bilal
Muze Guest Artist Lonnie "Pops" Lynn

Artist Overview

Born Lonnie Rashied Lynn in Chicago, the rapper who would become an integral part of the 1990s underground hip-hop scene started out as Common Sense. His 1992 debut CAN I BORROW A DOLLAR? showcased a politically conscious, musically eclectic artist interested in expanding the boundaries of hip-hop. Though forced to shorten his handle to Common after a legal dispute, he pursued his vision, incorporating jazz, rock, R&B and more into his sound, and collaborating with everyone from jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove to up-and-coming rapper Cee-Lo and R&B diva Erykah Badu.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Stakes Is High
Muze Music Compilations Musical Massacre (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Roots Come Alive (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations 1st Born Second (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Brown Sugar
Muze Music Compilations College Dropout (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations College Dropout (Clean)
Muze Music Compilations Beautiful Struggle (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Late Registration
Muze Music Compilations Late Registration (Clean Version)
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 King (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations My Homies Part 2
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 (Clean)
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
Muze Music Compilations Jesus Piece(Explicit Version)
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 Vh1 Love & Hip Hop:music (ost)
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)
Muze Music Compilations Nina Revisited:tribute To Nina Simone

Associated Artists and Works

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

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 03/27/2000
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2000
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 1119702
Music Label Name Label : MCA (USA)
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 : 00008811197025

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (1/4/01, p.106)
- Included in Rolling Stone's Top 50 Albums of 2000.

Rolling Stone (4/13/00, pp.127-8)
- 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...The dance jams...bump like acne....Common has a need to kick something that means something....A hip-hop MC willing to actually examine himself through his art? There's nothing Common about about that."

Spin (5/00, p.155)
- 8 out of 10 - "...His most aggressive and powerful record yet....[His] genius is that he's never more pop and playful than when he's worried, and vice versa....KRS-One's podium is open; maybe Common oughta step up."

Entertainment Weekly (12/29/00, p.138)
- Ranked #6 in EW's Top 10 Albums of 2000 - "...One helluva free-flowing album..."

Q (5/00, pp.106-7)
- 3 stars out of 5 - "...Decidedly arthouse....This is wholemeal hip hop: chewy and a wee bit bland but nutritious all the same."

Alternative Press (5/00, p.82)
- 3 out of 5 - "...A good introduction to Common....complex and versatile....[he] serves up bite-size tastes of each of his various skills..."

The Wire (3/00, p.64)
- "...[His] fourth and best album..."

CMJ (3/27/00, p.30)
- "...his most eclectic joint to date....fusing his gritty rap edge with bohemian, jazzy soul..."

The Source (5/00, pp.211-2)
- 4 mics out of 5 - "...Reflects a more worldly Common....creating full-fledged jazz, funk and soul songs....this LP unfolds in 2 acts. Act I stretching the boundaries of traditional hip-hop....Act II finds [him] on an emotional roller coaster..."

Rap Pages (6/00, p.46)
- "...The most intelligent and organic album since OutKast's AQUEMINI....a masterful blend of soul/funk music and [his] lyrics of hope and mental and spiritual well-being."

Mojo (Publisher)
(6/00, p.105)
- "...May be the most user-friendly contribution so far to the wave of 'conscious' intriguing balance [of]...paying tribute to inspirational figures like Fela Kuti and Black Panther heroine Assata, while letting the sheer pleasure of word-play bubble through..."

NME (Magazine)
(4/8/00, p.36)
- 8 out of 10 - "...Equal parts philosopher and documentarian....Common deftly illustrates the big picture. Like all great storytellers."

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