Be (Explicit Version) CD (2005)

Artist: Common

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Label Universal Music Group
SKU 63980313
UPC 602498818626
UPC 14 00602498818626
Format CD
Release Date 5/24/2005
Links
Author Common
Compilation Appearance Stakes Is High
Compilation Appearance Musical Massacre (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Roots Come Alive (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance 1st Born Second (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Brown Sugar
Compilation Appearance College Dropout (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance College Dropout (Clean)
Compilation Appearance Beautiful Struggle (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Decade
Compilation Appearance Late Registration
Compilation Appearance Late Registration (Clean Version)
Compilation Appearance 2k6 Tracks
Compilation Appearance Flo'ology
Compilation Appearance Rising Tied (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Rising Tied (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Home Grown Guide To Understanding V1(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance My Homies Part 2
Compilation Appearance Timeless: The Singles Collection (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Freedom Writers
Compilation Appearance Jill Scott Collaborations
Compilation Appearance Rising Down
Compilation Appearance Rising Down(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance LAX(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance LAX(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance LAX (Clean)
Compilation Appearance LAX (Bonus Tracks)(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Theater Of The Mind(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Man On The Moon:End Of Day (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Quality Street Music(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Good Music Cruel Summer(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Jesus Piece
Compilation Appearance Jesus Piece(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Jesus Piece(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Black Radio Volume 2
Compilation Appearance Playlist:very Best Of Common
Compilation Appearance GRIND DATE(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance PRHYME(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Nina Revisited:tribute To Nina Simone
Compilation Appearance King (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Dave Chapelle's Block Party / O.s.t. (Cln)
Compilation Appearance Entourage (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance VH1 LOVE HIP HOP:MUSIC (OST)(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Vh1 Love & Hip Hop:music (ost)
Compilation Appearance Playlist:very Best Of Common
Associated Artist/Work T.I.
Technical Info
Producer Kanye West; DILLA; James Poyser
CatalogID 0004670
Lable Name Geffen
Released 05/24/2005
Original Release 2005
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602498818626
Musical Guests
The Last Poets
John Legend
Kanye West
Bilal
John Mayer
Album Notes and Credits
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).
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.
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.
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) (p.112) - 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..."
Disc 1
1 Be (Intro)
2 Corner, The - (featuring The Last Poets)
3 GO! - (featuring John Mayer)
4 Faithful
5 Testify
6 Love Is...
7 Chi-City
8 Food, The - (live)
9 Real People
10 They Say - (featuring Kanye West/John Legend)
11 It's Your World (Part 1&2) - (featuring Bilal)
Product Attributes
Artist Common
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc

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