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Common returns with his highly anticipated 6th album, 'BE', which is executive produced by proven hit maker Kanye West. In keeping with Common's unpretentious approach to 'BE', the album's guest appearances are kept to a refreshing minimum: Besides frequent collaborator Bilal and John Legend, the only other co-stars are Consequence and, of course, Kanye West along with The Last Poets, whom enhance Common's lyrical portrait of inner city blues on the first single 'The Corner'. MCA. 2005.
Though heralded as an instant hip-hop classic by some, Common's Be doesn't quite live up to the hype, though it is still has several strengths going for it. Compared to the esoteric themes and production of his last album, Electric Circus, Be is far more grounded in street-level beats and rhymes, especially on songs like "The Corner" and "Real People"--Common's odes to personality and places 'round the way. At only 11 songs, this is a very compact album, both a blessing and curse by keeping the pacing brisk but it also amplifies weaknesses like the syrupy crossover attempt, "Go," or overly sentimental "Love Is." Production by Kanye West and Jay Dee is uniformly strong and it lends a consistency that is essential for such a relatively short album. It is worth noting that Common and Kanye's chemistry is especially well matched. -- Oliver Wang
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Being thoroughly impressed with Common's last output "Electric Circus", I was super excited as I bought BE from my local music shop on the Tuesday it was released. On the way home in the car, I popped it in, and was not prepared for what I would hear.
BE is not what I expected from Common for his sixth release. Kanye West had taken what I loved about Common's rhymes out, and replaced it with (not terrible, but just unoriginal) music that would boost him to the top of every MTV countdown. I much prefer the production touches of The Root's ?uest Love. Everything blended the same, and those girly background voices that Kanye uses irritate me to no end. The only tracks even remotely worth listening to more than once are "Go" and the intro.
Common was once an intellectual, diverse MC covering all issues with care and style, but now has been moulded to appeal to the G-Unit fans. First Jay-Z, then Talib Kweli, and now Common?? Kanye, focus on your own albums (which are mediocore at best) and leave these delicate productions to the pros.
Find some real hip-hop on Common's old albums, and enjoy what hip hop was meant to be. Save your money, and pass on this radio favorite piece of junk.
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Everyone probably has a favorite song or two (or more) on this cd. I do as well of course. That one is "Testify" its like a court room drama going on in the song with all the anticipation and hype that you would expect. But with a nice twist and it made go "woah" that was insane. I wish it was a little bit longer otherwise the song was straight fire.
Also enjoyed "The Food (Live)" with Kanye West them going back and forth. You know just the whole vibe and flow of the song with everything going on. It just made the song that much better and the meaning behind it always hits home especially when Common is involved in it.
"The Corner" man what a way to start of the cd (well) after the "Be (Intro)" it hits you off straight from the jump sending a message out there to those fake, wannabe running thing MCs that he's putting on blast without any remorse. He puts them on notice and holds them there throughout the course of the song.
Also enjoyed "Go!" can't help but have a soft spot for the love type songs that he does. Folks can call it soft if they want to but Common has no problem giving the ladies props and letting them know that they are important and special. That they should be treated as such and i can't help but agree with him and the song.
I relate and feel this CD a lot more than i thought i would. Its no wonder Common has been around in the rap industry. He does it like he wants to a delivers a message to one and all without being preachy. All the while doing it with style and class at the same time.
"Be" is where it's at.