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Can I Borrow a Dollar? [Import]

Common Sense Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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1. A Penny For My Thoughts
2. Charms Alarm
3. Take It EZ
4. Heidi Hoe
5. Breaker 1/9
6. Two Scoops of Raisons
7. No Defense
8. Blows To The Temple
9. Just In The Nick Of Rhyme
10. Tricks Up My Sleeve
11. Puppy Chow
12. Soul By The Pound
13. Pitchin' Pennies

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4.0 out of 5 stars Quite different than the current Common July 25 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
From Usigned Hype winner to underground superstar, Common has changed quite a bit since this debut album. This album shows a more vocally animated Common using any and every clever metaphor to put a new slant on the ever popular style of battle rhyming. As you listen to his vocal and lyrical trickery, you can't help but see how much fun Common seems to be having while rhyming. While most of the album deals with destroying weak emcees's, the overall vibe is upbeat and happy. The downside is that Common's lyrics never surpass battling wack emcee's and dogging out women (on numerous mysognistic tracks like "Heidi Hoe" and "Puppy Chow") for the whole album. While the laid back, dusty jazz beats hold him musically, if the production is weak on a track, Common's freshman subject matter becomes more evident. On the upside, while his subjects are redundant, his lyrics are always unique. Some may be turned off by some of the over-sampled beats that Common's producers have included, such as Isley Brother's "Between The Sheets" and "For The Love Of You". Still, this is a good debut for Common, and it definatley shows a great deal of growth on his part from then til now. Don't expect any deep songs like "Retrospect For Life" or "G.O.D.", and you won't be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quite different than the current Common July 25 1999
Format:Audio CD
From Usigned Hype winner to underground superstar, Common has changed quite a bit since this debut album. This album shows a more vocally animated Common using any and every clever metaphor to put a new slant on the ever popular style of battle rhyming. As you listen to his vocal and lyrical trickery, you can't help but see how much fun Common seems to be having while rhyming. While most of the album deals with destroying weak emcees's, the overall vibe is upbeat and happy. The downside is that Common's lyrics never surpass battling wack emcee's and dogging out women (on numerous mysognistic tracks like "Heidi Hoe" and "Puppy Chow") for the whole album. While the laid back, dusty jazz beats hold him musically, if the production is weak on a track, Common's freshman subject matter becomes more evident. On the upside, while his subjects are redundant, his lyrics are always unique. Some may be turned off by some of the over-sampled beats that Common's producers have included, such as Isley Brother's "Between The Sheets" and "For The Love Of You". Still, this is a good debut for Common, and it definatley shows a great deal of growth on his part from then til now. Don't expect any deep songs like "Retrospect For Life" or "G.O.D.", and you won't be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's No Resurrection, But It's Still Solid. Feb. 14 2000
By Paul H.
Format:Audio CD
Common's first album Can I Borrow A Dollar? may surprise those who are looking for some of Common's mature/insightful lyrics. Instead, Common offers up some humorous lines and songs that are just meant not to be taken seriously. Tracks such as "Breaker 1/9" show Common's humorous side while "Take It EZ" and "Penny For My Thoughts" have Common displaying his amazing lyrical skills. The production is mostly solid (especially the Beatnuts' beat for "Heidi Hoe"), but it still can't compare to the jazzy and diverse beats used on Resurrection. Some may also find it disappointing that "Soul By The Pound" isn't in its famous remix form, although the original is still very good. If you are looking for something just to sit back and nod your head to, Can I Borrow A Dollar? might be what you are looking for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars That michael conner is stipid July 17 2002
By Billa
Format:Audio CD
Not typically common album but understand this is common raw, none of that maturity he shows in his latest music. hes just young thats all and i actually think his versatality on this album is a bit better than his later projects and considering Im 18 and this is more of an old skool album, for a yungun like me to say that it must be good wouldnt you say. The tune that stands out for me is take it ez cause he just gets into a mad freestyle session. There are many others but this tune is true classic. 5 star LP nothing less. If your looking for common at his raw best you should pick up One day it'll all make sense.
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Format:Audio CD
This CD is a great look at the way hip-hop used to be before Puffy and other money hungry "artists" tore it apart. "Soul by the Pound" defined this young artist's style, and he will refine and perfect this later. "Take it Ez" is my favorite track on the album, and it is the track that I feel represents old school hip-hop the best. I think that people that are into old school hip-hop should have this CD, but those who like "artists" like Puffy should stand clear because it is not for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic! Hip-hop at it's finest. Jan. 21 2004
Format:Audio CD
I remember the first time I heard this album. It's was 1992 and I was 15 years old. Being a hip-hop fan, I remember being impressed with Common's flow and delivery. The production was also very tight. Although new school hip-hop fans might not agree - being fed the "hip-POP" that radio play now a days. Anyway, this album is in my "top 10 hip-hop albums of the 90's" list. Common's second release "Resurrection" is in there as well. If you don't own this, pick up a copy. I highly Recommend it!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars My review for this cd
This was a good buy.It was a great cd loved it. I'd recommend this cd to all rap/hip hop fans, enjoyed very much
Published 12 months ago by Vicki Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Common!
Excellent production! Really makes you nod your head! One of the best lyracists of all time! Probably the very definition of Old School Hip Hop!
Published on April 7 2004 by clsmooth
5.0 out of 5 stars what hip hop should be
to me this album is exactly what hip-hop should be! You can just tell that when common made this he was having fun and didnt care about what anyone else thought which is how it... Read more
Published on April 13 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny but Smart
Common started his career off with a sense of humor. He was very young but still focused. There use to be a time when rap music was fun and not so materialistic and gangsta. Read more
Published on Jan. 11 2003 by Anthony Hanes
3.0 out of 5 stars do not buy this...
...if you are looking for quality material typical of common since resurrection. For any other artist this might be their defining moment, but this is common we're talking about... Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars don't compare
If you compare this to ressurection or any other common album's than your selling it short. He comes basically with pure humor and funky beats, like you've already seen from other... Read more
Published on Feb. 3 2001 by brad thornton
3.0 out of 5 stars An average release, but a must have for Common fans
This release is no where as good as Resurrection, but it still gives you a glimpse at the incredible lyrical talent of Common. Read more
Published on Jan. 7 2000 by Michael N.
5.0 out of 5 stars he is a very prolific artist.
ONE-NINE-NINE-NINE, FOR COMMON AND BLACKSTAR. IN THIS PARTICULAR CRUCIAL TIME ROUND ABOUT 1992 WHEN COMMON DROPPED HIS FIRST CD, I LOVED IT THEN, AND I LOVE IT NOW, HE USES HIS... Read more
Published on Oct. 7 1999
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