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Like Water for Chocolate [Explicit Lyrics]

Common Audio CD
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1. Time Traveling (A Tribute To Fela)
2. Heat
3. Cold Blooded
4. Dooinit
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)
12. Thelonius
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

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2000 release, the fourth album from the Hip Hop star. The album was a critical and commercial breakthrough for the rapper and received numerous awards around the world.


How can such a self-righteous rapper be so much fun to hear? Common, like so many carrying the banner for alternative hip-hop, casts himself as the enemy of all things commercial ("That jiggy shit is over / The war is on, I only wanna be a soldier / I'm holdin' on to a culture"), yet he also insists on getting paid. Like Water for Chocolate is full of such contradictions: while often exciting, Common also maddens with his casual homophobia and sneers at those he sees as lesser artists. He doesn't lack a sense of humor, though, as witnessed by the likes of "A Film Called (Pimp)" (featuring MC Lyte) and titles such as "Payback Is a Grandmother." The latter track is something of a conceptual coup, expanding Common's pro-family message into the realm of a cinematic revenge fantasy against some thugs who rob one of his relatives. Such displays of imagination--and the thick, layered funk throughout--ultimately make this a superbly playable disc. --Rickey Wright

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1.0 out of 5 stars Common Loses His Sense, Goes R&B May 4 2004
Format:Audio CD
After being introduced to Common through "Resurrection", and being blown away by the quality of that record, this album was nothing but a disappointment. Sadly, time would show that this album was not just a fluke. Somehow Common has lost his sense, and is now making R&B tunes.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars His 2000 Album with Premier. March 27 2004
By Chris
Format:Audio CD
This guy hit the radio airwaves and MTV with this joint he is
fed perfect perfect DJ Premier beats like in the #43 Hit
"The Light" J.C. Chavez highly recommends this.
1.Time Travlin(Tribute to Fela) tight 10/10
2.Heat-awesome Beat by DJ Premier. 10/10
3.Cold Blooded-f Rahzel and Black Thought wich is 10/10
4.Dooin it-This is good 10/10
5.The Light-Him and Premo hit TOP 50 This is joy 10/10
6.Funky For you-Funky Beat 10/10
7.The Questions-Soothing for you 10/10
9.The 6th since-why would someone give Premo 1 star 10/10
10.A Film Called(pimp)hopefully he is 10/10
11.Nag Champion-Tight awesome cafe rap 10/10
12.Thelonius f Slum Village Tight 10/10
13.Payback is a Grandmother-is it awesome 10/10
14.Ghetto Heaven Part 2-This is great 10/10
15.A song for Assata-Tight 10/10
This album is Ressurection00 and was produced by the man.
Lyrics 10/10 Production 10/10 X Factor 10/10 Style 10/10 Voice10
Music 10/10 Innovative 10/10 Classic 10/10 Guest 10/10 Blends 10
Overall 100 this is another flawless Comm album *****Classic
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Soulful Expression Done Well Nov. 3 2002
Format:Audio CD
On Common's fourth record, 'Like Water For Chocolate' he shines thoroughly through the fabric of Soul, Jazz, and Funk-inspired Hip-Hop. The native Chicago lyricist shares his deep experiences and opinions, but at the same time personifies the meaning of Mic Skills on tracks like 'Heat' and 'Thelonious'.
The first two singles, 'The Sixth Sense' (a college radio single) and 'The Light' (the Grammy-nominated love song-turned radio hit) landed Common in the top rankings of spiritually inclined, mic skilled, Jazzy styled-and somewhat conscious league of Hip-Hop MCs. While the album gives an inspiring tribute to the late African musician and revolutionary Fela Kuti ('Time Travelin'), redefined the definition of laid-back smooth Hip-Hop ('Nag Champa') and attacks the utter mindlessness of current mainstream Hip-Hop ('Dooinit'), it still has its flaws.
Common's super-spiritual content often contradicts his every now-and-then sprinklings of homophobic, sexually charged, and occasionally politically INcorrect content on 'race' in America in the words of his lyrics. His 'One Day' found maturity hardly leaves room for a balance between mature, progressive music and fun-loving, laid-back sounds within the same song. Not to mention the presence of Soul singer Bilal on way too many songs. Another fact is the Grammy nominee's stance on respect for women is sometimes overshadowed by male chauvinism and questionable themes. 'A Film Called (Pimp)' is a satirical ode to the hustle of "pimps N hoes." A duet with MC Lyte that may leave a bad taste in one's mouth after the first listen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Like Water For Chocolate July 13 2002
Format:Audio CD
Common comes forth with his newest LP "Like Water For Chocolate" hoping to add on to his consecutive string of solid albums. This album falls right in place as it isn't quite as good as his last album "One Day It Will All Make Sense", but is still a worthy effort.
The album starts off with "Time Travelin'" and has some nice intrumentals at the beginning of the song. But the song clocks in way to long at close to 6 minutes. This is a common theme throughout the album as his good songs are just too long. The album is over 77 minutes long. The album really starts picking up on songs that all rap fans will like on: "The Light", "The 6th Sense", and "A Song For Assata". "Geto Heaven" features a great guest appearance from D'Angelo. "Payback Is A Grandmother" has a funny track title and is a solid storytelling track from Common. The album does have its downsides as some of the production feels rushed on "Coldbolooded" and "Doinit". "The Questions" featuring Mos Def doesn't make use of these two quality emcees together and is a disappointing song. The other problems for the listener is that he spends most of the album disrespecting artists who rap about making money, then creates a song just about money.
This is another solid album from many people's favorite artist, Common. Common fans will love it, but fans wanting to try something new should listen to the some of the album before buying, or probably should look at getting "Resurrection" as this is his best album to date.
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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 14 months ago by Vicki Kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars Uncommon
Hearing an album with melodies as crisp as these today are getting rare. Hip Hop is changing, but Common is able to stand his ground and make good music. Not bad at all.
Published on June 28 2005 by FreeToRhyme
5.0 out of 5 stars Commons Best I Think
Common has shown to us all that he has grown as a rapper over years and also has gotten better over the years. Read more
Published on May 6 2004 by Justin
5.0 out of 5 stars Common (B.E.) - Before Erykah
I can't believe how unbelievably dope this record is. It wasn't just on some hip-hop tip, it was music for the soul. Read more
Published on May 5 2004 by Keith Witherspoon
5.0 out of 5 stars Bam!
Hooking up with Premier makes things insane! Some of the smartest lyrics I've ever heard him say! And the beats! Every track is tight! Read more
Published on April 8 2004 by clsmooth
5.0 out of 5 stars common, uncommon for the common
common makes words flow like it's the easiest thing to do. The way he forms them is unbelievable, he makes you really realize that rap and poetry are two very different types of... Read more
Published on March 14 2004 by JUANITA MOORE
5.0 out of 5 stars Stands up over time...
I am uncomfortable labeling something "real hip hop." Obviously hip hop is different things to different people. Read more
Published on Jan. 10 2004 by A. D. Schutz
5.0 out of 5 stars True
Lonnie Lynn, also known as Common, redefined hip-hop with this genre blending beauty, Like Water For Chocolate. Read more
Published on May 27 2003 by Blackberries
5.0 out of 5 stars Im not big on hip hop... but I love this album
Common is the oppsite of the stereotypical "gangsta" rap out there. He raps about real life, and overcoming trouble and pain. I'd say he is real hip hop. Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2003 by Mike Golen
4.0 out of 5 stars What do 2Pac and All Eyez On Me have to do with anything?
My God, shut the hell up. Pick 2Pac's pubes from out from between your teeth and get on with your life. Jesus.
Published on Jan. 18 2003
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