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Be Explicit Lyrics

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  • Audio CD (May 24 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0009IFEJ0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,508 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Be (Intro)
2. The Corner
3. Go!
4. Faithful
5. Testify
6. Love Is...
7. Chi-City
8. The Food
9. Real People
10. They Say
11. It's Your World

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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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Format: Audio CD
I have always enjoyed Common's music. His albums have always been a contender for my favorite rap albums of all time. Hell, nobody can even touch this man's sweet style infront of the mic.
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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I have only the utmost of respect for Common. He shines amongst the mediocre hip hop artists of today and I hope he continues to bless the world with his talent. I enjoyed Be quite a bit - the only tracks I wasn't crazy about were The Corner and Testify, the latter having a whiny, repetitive background that overbears Common's rhymes. The whole album has a warm, pleasant touch and is perfect for a lazy afternoon. However, Common would be wise to ditch Kanye on future albums if he wants 100% solidarity. Common's work is incredibly diverse, and Kanye's contributions have managed to make Be somewhat monochromatic - rather like his own albums.
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This album's music was nice, clean an' crisp. Liked all the songs. You hafta listen to it if you like smooth b/g music and Common's raps.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Be" is where it's at Aug. 13 2007
By Derrick Jenkins - Published on
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It's like he's telling a story with each of his songs and you feel almost like your right there with Common along for the ride. Taking it all in and enjoying all that he has to offer. With nice featured artists, background vocals, lyrics and themes for each of the songs. I can't help but wonder why i waited this long to purchase it. Nevermind that i am just glad that i did finally get "Be" and now i can enjoy it whenever which i plan on doing over and over.

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.
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong disc Oct. 20 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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The wrong disc was in the case for the CD I paid for.
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleased! Aug. 15 2016
By D.Dyson - Published on
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Arrived ahead of time!. Pleased!
5.0 out of 5 stars product came fast in mail. July 26 2016
By Betty Sue - Published on
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cd came fast, child very happy.
4.0 out of 5 stars Common's Best Effort Dec 16 2007
By Jorge Alberto Orduna SR. - Published on
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Common broke through a lot of barriers on this release and I believe it is the best of his catalog. The beats are jazzy, his vocals are not masked or forced, and it just seems that he is having a good time in the studio through out this album. A highly recommended piece of hip hop for all fans of Common and his potential. A step forward in the right direction, and different than his current radio friendly singles.