|1. Time Traveling (A Tribute To Fela)|
|3. Cold Blooded|
|5. The Light|
|6. Funky For You|
|7. The Questions|
|8. Time Travelin' Reprise|
|9. The 6th Sense|
|10. A Film Called (Pimp)|
|11. Nag Champa (Afrodisiac For The World)|
|13. Payback Is A Grandmother|
|14. Geto Heaven Part Two|
|15. Song For Assata, A - (featuring Cee-Lo)|
|16. Pops Rap III...All My Children|
Frankly I'm not really sure if this is much of a loss. What was the strength of "Resurrection"? Upon repeated listening, it is obvious that the album is so good because the music is amazing. NoID's musical direction of the album stands completely on its own - which is why an instrumental version of the album is now available. Even without Common's lyrics it is a great listen.
So perhaps it shouldn't be a surprise that on this album Common comes across with less force. His rambling, loose raps just sound like a guy talking over random R&B music. Sure, he says some of the right stuff, but most of it is cliched and tired (how many more times will someone repeat "The revolution will not be televised!"). There's no real wisdom to be found, and with the possible exception of "The Question" there aren't even any particularly interesting tracks.
What really brings the album down is the constant infusion of R&B into the mix. The whiny, nasal intonation that makes R&B so unlistenable is pervasive throughout the album, as backup singers drone "Why?????" over loose drum and bass arrangements. The music itself is scattered, and Common fares no better with his lyrics. He's all over the map, dropping random thoughts that neither impact nor make you think. And he seems to think that by using the "N-word" every five seconds he's giving himself street cred.
I find it a difficult position to occupy.Read more ›