CYPHER AVE ESSENTIALS: Common – The Dreamer/The Believer
Common himself is a welcome return to music as well. He’s arguably one of the most talented (and most attractive) 40-year-old Hip Hop lyricists out right now.
The album keeps you feeling like its the “rap golden age” of the late 1990’s while still feeling contemporary 2011. A major reason for this retro feel is that Common re-teamed with his brilliant and underrated “I Used To Love H.E.R.” producer No I.D. for the first time since 1997.
The album features cameos from Nas, Makeba Riddick, Maya Angelou (yes, that Maya Angelou) and a RIDICULOUSLY SICK track with John Legend.
Overall this joint is a must have for all “real” hip hop fans. If you still need convincing on Common’s abilities (and his looks), here are a couple tracks and music videos that are standouts from the new project.
Either way, Common’s statement was needed. It’s time for unambiguous masculinity to return to Hip Hop music.
Da – Da man at work, I make my own lane
I’m the franchise so I rock my own chain
No I. said give ‘em that 80′s cocaine
Somethin’ raw, something pure so I stayed in that vain
The hero that he know, that he cold
like when its below in the Geo, wipe ya feet off in the Regal
Common: “Blue Sky”
The Lord put the blessing upon the MC
O to the M, dreams were spoken to him
That’s when I knew my flows would overflow to the rim
Open my eyes, yes sir this is what I’m made for
To go hard in the paint like D. Wade or
D. Rose, from the same streets that we rose
International heroes at world premo’s
Red carpet, imagine taking pictures with the president
Told him for health care, my music is the medicine
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