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A couple of years after asking Can I Borrow a Dollar? and before he lost the "sense" in his moniker, the Chicago MC now known as Common dropped this impressive sophomore set, marking him as one of the most versatile MCs to emerge in the 1990s. Shirking the often derivative flows of his debut, Resurrection finds the Windy City rhymer ably assisted by the voluptuous jazzy excursions of producers No I.D. & Ynot. He revels in ear-tickling wordplay, slinging countless witty punchlines and similes on "Orange Pineapple Juice" and "Communism"--songs that require several listens to unravel. Far from relentless chest-thumping bravado, Common's lyrics have substance, exploring inner faults and fears on "Book of Life" and touching poignancy on his classic metaphorical ode to hip-hop culture, "I Used to Love H.E.R.," a track that is perhaps more relevant today than when it was released. The beginnings of Common's ongoing struggle between his boyish effusiveness and moral responsibility, which figures greatly in his subsequent releases, is captured on this essential release. --Del F. Cowie
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My 3 Favorite Tracks:
I Used To Love H.E.R.
Chapter 13 (Rich Man vs. Poor Man)
Make no mistake this is arguably the best display of lyricism in Hip Hop. All throughout the album Common uses multi-layered lyrics including evasive puns, punchlines and other literary techniques of writing that almost no Hip Hop album has been able to match thus far. Listening to this album for the past three years I am still picking up on puns that I did not catch listening the first hundred times. The prime example would be "Orangle Pineapple Juice" which probably has more wordplay than any other song I have heard. Other examples would be the title track, "Watermelon", "Communism" (where he plays with words beginning with "com") and "Sum S... I Wrote".
For those thinking that this album is only filled with braggadocio rhymes, think again. Common covers a wide variety of subject matter speaking on his life, being an MC in the rap world and expresing his love for Hip Hop. Over a hard drum and bass, Common tells of the problems of moving from adolesence to becoming a young adult on "The Book Of Life". Common executes this perfectly with quotables such as "I went to school for fourteen years and my best teacher was experience". This song is one of the highlights of the album and reaches all people as they move from adolescence to adulthood.Read more ›
Hell, if you want the biggest metaphor filled song in hip hop all you have to do is listen to track #2 "I used to love H.E.R". It has a suprise ending that will completely change the way you view the song's message when you hear it the second time around. TRUST ME, you will play the song over again when you hear that last line of the song. Hah, im not giving away the metaphor, it would ruin the suprise intended in the song.
Enough about Track #2 though, because you will find that this album is not simply about that song but about virtually every other track. For instance, the first track on the CD- "Resurrection" displays Commons hottest flows, while track #8- "Communism" displays the flexiblity of Common's lyrics ( there a many words in this track that start with "com-"; a perfect match for the name of the track, as well as his own name).
Bottom line, every track is very creative and even makes Common's year 2000 classic "Like Water For Chocolate" a little bit weak in comparrison.
Most recent customer reviews
A classic. Only problem was that the record came with fingerprints in the grooves.Published 20 days ago by Ben Xu
For 13$, thats really worth it woth aime really good sont and thé album as a whole is really enjoyable to liste toPublished 6 months ago by Thomas tremblay
Definitely recommended this album to anyone who loves old school stuff, flow is tightPublished 6 months ago by rd
My favorite Common album, the lyricism is fantastic and No I.D.'s production is great. I highly recommend this if you're a Hip-Hop fan.Published 24 months ago by F. Darwiche
Ressurection is one of my favorite albums of all time, in any genre. Having said that, it's probably the greatest hip-hop album of all time. Read morePublished on June 29 2004
if you love a great, lyrically advanced mc then get this album. he is one of the best rappers in a dying breed of lyrical rappers (mostly Dead Prez, Talib Kweli, and oldskool... Read morePublished on April 13 2004 by Joey
Some of the craziest lyrics I've ever heard put together! He can make you think and dis yo mama all in one line! Read morePublished on April 8 2004 by clsmooth
this cd is so classic a must have even for people who listen to rock music! buy it!
Favorite Track: I Used To Love h.e.r
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A lot of critics underestimated this album, I think this is definately Common's best album. It features "I Used to Love H.E. Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2004