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Resurrection [Import]

Common Sense Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
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1. Resurrection
2. I Used To Love H.E.R.
3. Watermelon
4. Book Of Life
5. In My Own World (Check The Method)
6. Another Wasted Nite With...
7. Nuthin' To Do
8. Communism
9. WMOE
10. Thisisme
11. Orange Pineapple Juice
12. Chapter 13 (Rich Man Vs. Poor Man)
13. Maintaining
14. Sum Sh*t I Wrote
15. Pop's Rap

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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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By D. Lee
Format:Audio CD
It is clever wordplay such as this that absolutely saturates this hip hop masterpiece by my man Common (formerly known as sense). I actually still have copies of this album with Common Sense on the cover instead of Common on both cd and cassette. They're not in the best condition though because I've listened to this album so many times in the past nine years. This is one of the last great hip hop albums to come out of hip hop's most fertile period, which lasted from around 1987-1995. When I listen to this album now, it sounds even better than it did back in the mid-nineties. The music of this album has a very lite funk/jazz type feel to it. It is the perfect backdrop for Common's cerebral rhymes. Common kicks it off with the title track which is nothing more than a continuos flawless display of clever and witty wordplay. The next song is one of the greatest hip hop songs to ever be recorded. 'I Used to Love H.e.r.' was my absolute favorite song for at least a year. The first time that I listened to the song, I knew exactly what he was talking about before I even heard the ending. 'Watermelon' is yet another impressive display of witty wordplay and rapping technique. 'Book of Life' is one of the most honest songs about being a young black man in urban America that I have ever heard. He paints a vivid picture about life that is not at all exaggerated. 'In my own world' features him and his producer having fun trading verses back and forth. 'Another Wasted Nite With' is an interlude that you will probably either find hilarious or offensive depending on your perspective. I find it to be hilarious myself. 'Nuthin to Do' finds Common reminiscing about fond memories of the good times and the strong and true bonds that were built with his homeboys growing up. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Breath Of Fresh Air April 3 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
In a hip-hop world filled with untalented artists, dumbed down lyrics, and recycled club beats, Common's "Resurrection" is a breath of fresh air. 1994 was a good year for hip-hop, and "Resurrection" was one of the highlights. Common doesn't submit to MTV rap on this album, his songs are all about his lyrics, and with his talent, there is no need to wonder why. Common's lyrics often left me wondering how a rapper could be so talented, and how such a talented rapper could get so little respect. The metaphors that he uses on this album are amazing, I sometimes found myself having to rewind the songs to understand what he was talking about. The beats on this album are secondary. If you are looking for an album to simply play in your car, look elsewhere. The beats are simply there to supplement Common's voice, and they do the job. So, if you want to look like just another rap fan, go get a Chingy album or a Lil' Jon album and hear a bunch of recycled hooks and mindless, sub-par lyrics. But if you really want to get a high quality, original album, you definitely need to pick this album up and I promise, you won't be disappointed.
My 3 Favorite Tracks:
I Used To Love H.E.R.
Chapter 13 (Rich Man vs. Poor Man)
Watermelon
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Hip Hop Albums Of All Time Dec 3 2003
Format:Audio CD
Sometimes there are artist who virtually come from no where and releases an LP that are considered one of the best albums of a generation. In Hip Hop, Common Sense's Resurrection is that album. Common's first album, Can I Borrow A Dollar? was a solid debut showing a very charismatic MC who was still developing his style and trying to find his niche in the Hip Hop world. On Resurrection, Common reemerge as an promiment MC with lyrics that are leaps ahead of his debut.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars COMMON'S BEST!!!!!! March 15 2003
By G. Mack
Format:Audio CD
Common is at the peak of his lyrical genious on this album; it is really a very soulfully produced album, and Common uses more metaphors on the CD then. . . damn i dunno, he just uses a hellova lot of em.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classis
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 8 months ago by F. Darwiche
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the all time greatest...
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 more
Published on June 29 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars another great album that inspires thoght.
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 more
Published on April 13 2004 by Joey
5.0 out of 5 stars Time to learn!
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 more
Published on April 8 2004 by clsmooth
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the creation of real hip hop
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
10 of 10 lyrics 10 of 10 beats
Published on March 18 2004 by P. Mcmahon
5.0 out of 5 stars Resurrection
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 more
Published on Feb. 14 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best ever recorded
this album is creativity at it's fullest and he was succesful when he created this one unlike electric circus thow i know what he was trying do create a new genre instead of the 50... Read more
Published on Jan. 27 2004 by P. Mcmahon
5.0 out of 5 stars Most dangerous mc out of the c
most creative man ever to rip a mic defenitly his best album 94 is the best year in hip hop most likely go get this one it is one when you play smoking, or just chillin
Published on Jan. 15 2004 by P. Mcmahon
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classical Masterpiece
What more can I say about an album with so much diversity and Lyrical genious that defines the true meaning of Hip-Hop? Well, it could only come from one man-Common Sense. Read more
Published on Jan. 12 2004 by Universal
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When I first heard Enter the Wu Tang I was like 'This is good...'. Then I listened to it a few more times.
Published on Dec 24 2003
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