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Be [Explicit Lyrics]

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1. Be (Intro)
2. The Corner
3. Go!
4. Faithful
5. Testify
6. Love Is...
7. Chi-City
8. The Food
9. Real People
10. They Say
11. It's Your World

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Though heralded as an instant hip-hop classic by some, Common's Be doesn't quite live up to the hype, though it is still has several strengths going for it. Compared to the esoteric themes and production of his last album, Electric Circus, Be is far more grounded in street-level beats and rhymes, especially on songs like "The Corner" and "Real People"--Common's odes to personality and places 'round the way. At only 11 songs, this is a very compact album, both a blessing and curse by keeping the pacing brisk but it also amplifies weaknesses like the syrupy crossover attempt, "Go," or overly sentimental "Love Is." Production by Kanye West and Jay Dee is uniformly strong and it lends a consistency that is essential for such a relatively short album. It is worth noting that Common and Kanye's chemistry is especially well matched. -- Oliver Wang

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2.0 out of 5 stars The "New and Improved" Common Sept. 3 2005
Format:Audio CD
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars be - pitchforkmedia Jan. 18 2008
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Refreshed and refocused after a three-year absence, Chicago hip-hop icon Common rebounds from 2002's disasterous psych-hop odyssey Electric Circus: Comfortably ranking alongside Resurrection and Like Water for Chocolate, Be stands among his best work to date. And if his decision to team up with ubiquitous beatmaker Kanye West for nine of this album's 11 tracks seemed risky-- that is, considering West's mainstream affiliations, increasingly predictable production style, and recent arrogance-- the collaboration thrives as the producer, once a pupil under early Common collaborator No I.D., branches out to create a convincingly authentic vintage 70s backdrop, inspiring a level of conviction the rapper hasn't possessed since the turn of the decade.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff June 9 2006
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I have only the utmost of respect for Common. He shines amongst the mediocre hip hop artists of today and I hope he continues to bless the world with his talent. I enjoyed Be quite a bit - the only tracks I wasn't crazy about were The Corner and Testify, the latter having a whiny, repetitive background that overbears Common's rhymes. The whole album has a warm, pleasant touch and is perfect for a lazy afternoon. However, Common would be wise to ditch Kanye on future albums if he wants 100% solidarity. Common's work is incredibly diverse, and Kanye's contributions have managed to make Be somewhat monochromatic - rather like his own albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars STRAIGHT CLASSIC June 10 2005
By Anthony
Format:Audio CD
ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS THIS IS A DOPE ASS ALBUM. ONE OF THE TOP ALBUMS FOR 05 IN ALL OF MUSIC. SMOOTH AND INTELLIGENT LYRICS WITH INCREDIBLE BEATS BY KANYE. COMMON REALLY SHINED ON THIS. EVEN THO IT'S ONLY 11 TRACKS EACH SONG IS WICKED. HE'S BRINGIN BACK THE FUNKY ,JAZZY OLD SCHOOL RAP BACK ala ATCQ FOR ALL U HIP HOP HEADS GO AND GET THIS ALBUM, AND DONT SLEEP FOOLS..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Be is a real niiice album June 1 2005
Format:Audio CD
This album's music was nice, clean an' crisp. Liked all the songs. You hafta listen to it if you like smooth b/g music and Common's raps.
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