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Thisisme Then: The Best of Common
Thisisme Then: The Best of Common
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop
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All Artists: Common
Title: Thisisme Then: The Best of Common
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Red Int / Red Ink
Original Release Date: 1/1/2007
Re-Release Date: 11/27/2007
Album Type: Explicit Lyrics
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop
Styles: Experimental Rap, Pop Rap
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 886971933826, 886972157221

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Think about what he's pitching.
J. Venne | Mass | 12/27/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is Common before he started getting really popular. That's why all his newer tracks are not included. I mean seriously, what's the CD title? It's "Thisisme Then" as in before. Think about it. He wants his newer, possibly younger fans who are just recently starting to grace their ears with his beautiful music to hear his classics. To hear what he sounded like RAW before he was gradually poured into the mainstream. This is good for the newer Common fans, but this does NOT at all make up for all his older albums. Buy this and then decide if you want to buy them all seperate. Ressurection and LW4C are definite must-buys. The only big complaint I have for this album, is that is doesn't include "Chapter 13 (Rich Man Vs. Poor Man)" Damn, what a good track. Theres also a handful of other Ressurection songs that could definitely be on here. On the whole like I said, it's good for the newer less experienced Common fan."
He Used To Love H.E.R. {and still does} (Rating: 8 out of 10
Chandler | Atlanta (College Park), Georgia | 01/10/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"First of all, for starters, this is Common (Sense) when he was on Relativity Records, which showcases hits from his first three albums: Can I Borrow a Dollar?, Resurrection, and One Day It'll All Make Sense before he switched labels. Most of these songs here were his hit singles back in the early-mid 90's (as far as I'm aware of). Songs like "Take It EZ" and "Heidi Hoe" showed the young female chasing B-Boy of him. With "I Used To Love H.E.R.", "Thisisme", Gaining One's Definition", and "All Night Long" showed the introspective side of him (something people are used to him hearing). The album closes off with "High Expectations" which appeared on the Soul In The Hole: Original Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture Sountrack.

Like everyone who runs into these greatest hits albums, we have our own personal prefrence of what should be on the album. Tracks like "The ***** In Yoo" (fellow diss to Ice Cube), "Soul By The Pound (Remix)" and a few b-sides could have made their way on to this album. And I personally don't see why "Stolen Moments III" (which is part of a story) is on here, as it seems out of place. The overall album is worth owning. Especially for those people who don't listen to rap/hip hop except for Common and other related artists should check this out to see how much he has grown from 1992. Most heads already have all of his albums, and shouldn't have to worry about this. Peace!

Please Note track #3 is "Soul By The Pound"

Lyrics: A
Production: A
Guest Appearances: A
Musical Vibes: A-

Top 5 Tracks:
1. All Night Long (featuring Lauryn Hill) {personal favorite}
2. High Expectations
3. Take It EZ (featuring No ID)
4. I Used To Love H.E.R.
5. G.O.D. (Gaining One's Definition) (featuring Cee-Lo)