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All Artists: Common
Title: Be
Members Wishing: 0
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Label: Universal/Geffen
Original Release Date: 1/1/2005
Re-Release Date: 9/19/2005
Album Type: Import
Genre: Rap & Hip-Hop
Style: Experimental Rap
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2

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Common most underrated rapper
Chandler | 11/14/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"i think this is great it seem nobody gives this dude the repect that to him he been out for 14 years in game when most think of hip hop or rappers NAS fat joe DMX COME to mind i been knowing common all my life he ,s the only rapper that i know if that people don,t talk about him and it,s sad besides aaliyah when aaliyah was live people who she was i mean but you didn,t about her much brandy or lauryn hill and i followed aaliyah and common grow up in the 90,s and i like both them it,s werid common got started when everybody was listen to hardcore rap . this cd it,s great he also work ms hill and mary j i wish more rappers would model after him but he most underrated rapper in music if most people were to ask who he was they could not tell you his cd,s are happy and up beat because he ,s opposite of mainstream hip hop one of the main reason aaliyah wasn,t honor by people because she was the opposite of what a singer should be and because she didn,t fit the mainstream like brandy mariah and mary thesse singers fit the mainstream . Mandy moore is also underrated."
Commercialized B-Boy Common (Rating: 8 out of 10)
Chandler | Atlanta (College Park), Georgia | 11/14/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Common (Sense) latest album "Be" was possibly one of the biggest hip-hop albums in 2005. In my opinon it was a little overrated, but at the same time, it held it's own. Eleven tracks deep, Common was trying to stay real with his older fans, but at the same time trying to attract newer ones (yeah...you people who never liked him up until this album then say you were down since "Ressurection"...shut up). Well there is not too much I can say about this album that hasn't been said.

Common hooked up with Kanye West who produced the majority of this album. Many tracks he does a good job on, like the two singles "The Corner" and "GO!". Common uses his introspective side of himself on most of this album, and it would show on the last song "It's Your World", and the title track "Be". My favorite track is the song "Love Is" which is backed by a teriffic beat. And you can hear Common regain his strength like on earlier albums on the song "Chi City".

Now what holds this back from being a 9 or a 10 out of 10 (or a 4.5 or 5 star album), are a few things. First, I believe 11 tracks is kinda short on an album for Common (his shortest album to date). Not necessarly a bad thing, but fans would want to hear more. Second "The Food" from the Dave Chapelle show. I was suprised the fact that it was on this album (I guess he wanted to give Dave some love on this album), although the origonal song was recorded months before the album was released. Also they shortened the song too. And to be honest, I wasn't feeling the song "They Say" with John Legend and Kanye in my opinion.

Overall Common dropped a dope album in 2005. I'm glad to see that he gets the love that he deserves, although I really didn't approve of the move too much (on the song "Doonit" from his "Like Water For Chocolate" album, he said he didn't care much for charts, but five years later he was aiming for them). This album is enjoyable by all, and if you don't have it, I recommend this to you. It's one enjoyable album mostly from start to finish.

Lyrics: A
Production: A-
Guest Appearances: B
Musical Vibes: A+
Overall: A-

Favorite Tracks: The Corner, GO!, Love Is, Chi City, Real People, It's Your World/Pop's Reprise

Honorable Mention Tracks: Be, The Food

C. Infamous, Peace!"