Who said “rappers” don’t inspire the youth? I agree that not all “rappers” do, but before you down the entire culture, do your research first. From day 1, Common gave us the real and his “raps” had messages. “Assata,” a song from Like Water for Chocolate, inspired me to read the Autobiography of Assata Shakur. Common did such a great job outlining this sister’s story that there was really no need to read the book. Nevertheless, if you haven’t read the book, do yourself a favor and do so. And if you doubt what I’m saying, peep Common’s tribute through song.
“Assata” ft Cee-lo Green Like Water for Chocolate
Lastly, another Common and Cee-lo favorite. G.O.D (Gaining One’s Definition) is one of the deepest songs ever created. The lyrics are divine. The ALMIGHTY spoke through these brothers on this track. Cee-lo spoke words only those with the gift of prophesy have the ability to. Shouts to G, this is one of his favorites.
“G.O.D” ft Cee-l0 One Day it’ll all make Sense
Aight…so for anybody that doesn’t know, I’m from Chicago! So when my partner told me who he had chosen for this week’s Artist of the Week I couldn’t help but to get on charge. Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr. aka Common (Sense) is one of the true pioneers of hip hop. Not just for Chicago, but for the culture as a whole. And for his consistency and contribution, he still remains under the radar to an extent. He’s one of those artists that all of your favorite artists include on their “Favorite Artists” lists!! Yet, he still fails to get the type of respect that he deserves. Including his 1992 debut, Can I Borrow A Dollar, Common has released 8 full-length albums with his 9th scheduled to release some time this year. His ’94 classic Resurrection gave birth to one of (if not THEE) greatest hip hop songs of all-time: I Used to Love H.E.R. Conceptually, Com created an almost perfect parallel between a girl that he met and fell in love with and the music that came and took his heart just the same. That song is just as relevant now, 16 years later, as it was then…and “she” is still breaking hearts! The impact of that song was so huge that it spawned several “remixes”, most of which featured Common, and was the centerpiece of the major motion picture, Brown Sugar. Musically, Com has been connected to some of the best in the game! From the Native Tongues to The Soulquarians. From No I.D. to Kanye West. From Mos Def to Jay-Z. Whatever the affiliation, Common has proven over and over that he can rock with the best of them.
“I Used to Love H.E.R.” – Resurrection (1994)
“Love of My Life” – Erykah Badu feat. Common from the Brown Sugar soundtrack
“Soul by the Pound” – Can I Borrow a Dollar (1992)