I have always enjoyed Common's music. His albums have always been a contender for my favorite rap albums of all time. Hell, nobody can even touch this man's sweet style infront of the mic.
Being thoroughly impressed with Common's last output "Electric Circus", I was super excited as I bought BE from my local music shop on the Tuesday it was released. On the way home in the car, I popped it in, and was not prepared for what I would hear.
BE is not what I expected from Common for his sixth release. Kanye West had taken what I loved about Common's rhymes out, and replaced it with (not terrible, but just unoriginal) music that would boost him to the top of every MTV countdown. I much prefer the production touches of The Root's ?uest Love. Everything blended the same, and those girly background voices that Kanye uses irritate me to no end. The only tracks even remotely worth listening to more than once are "Go" and the intro.
Common was once an intellectual, diverse MC covering all issues with care and style, but now has been moulded to appeal to the G-Unit fans. First Jay-Z, then Talib Kweli, and now Common?? Kanye, focus on your own albums (which are mediocore at best) and leave these delicate productions to the pros.
Find some real hip-hop on Common's old albums, and enjoy what hip hop was meant to be. Save your money, and pass on this radio favorite piece of junk.