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Categories
Hip-HopMusic
Category
  1. Performer
  2. R&B
  3. Rap
Number of Discs
1
Number of Items
1
Title
Be [PA]
Media
CD
BarCode
602498818626
Country of Origin
USA
Label
Island
Distributor
Universal Distribution
Mono / Stereo
Stereo
Format
CD
Barcode
602498818626
Previews

Rolling Stone (No. 975, p.70) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[H]is sixth and best disc....[Kanye] West is the producer Common has been waiting for all of his career: He makes Common both catchier and edgier at the same time..."
Spin (p.63) - Ranked #17 in Spin's "40 Best Albums Of 2005" - "Bathed in throwback soul and lively drums, Common suddenly sounded like the seer he'd always hoped he was."
Spin (p.102) - "[With] '70s-soul string samples, store-front-church piano tinkling, chipmunk gospel vocal hooks....Common's remarkably hungry raps push it along." - Grade: A-
Entertainment Weekly (No. 821/822, p.136) - "[T]he marriage of [Common's] conscious rhymes to [Kanye] West's gritty, boho-inflected production boasts more organic freshness than a Whole Foods Market..." - Grade: A-
Uncut (p.97) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[The record] offers a rich jukebox of gospel-tinged R&B flavours over which Common scatters his gems."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.112) - 4 stars out of 5 - "BE succeeds through its sense of focus and poignancy."
Paste (magazine) - "The soul and jazz-loop landscapes the producers set Common against highlight his classic, laidback flow..."

Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Be ( Intro )
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] The Corner
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Go!
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Faithful
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Testify
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Love Is...
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Chi-city
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] The Food
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Real People
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] They Say
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] It's Your World - Part 1 & 2
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] So Cool
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Be (Intro)
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Corner, The - (featuring The Last Poets)
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Go! - (featuring John Mayer)
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Faithful
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Testify
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Love Is...
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Chi-City
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Food, The - (live)
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Real People
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] They Say - (featuring Kanye West/John Legend)
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] It's Your World (Part 1&2) - (featuring Bilal)
Genre
Rap / Hip Hop
Country
South Africa
Notes

Personnel: Common (rap vocals); The Last Poets (spoken vocals); James Poyser (various instruments); Derrick Hodge (double bass); Num Amun-Tehu (percussion); A-Trak, DJ Dummy (turntables); John Legend, John Mayer , Kanye West, Lonnie Lynn, Bilal, Luna E (background vocals).
After fusing hip-hop, rock, and soul on 2002's THE ELECTRIC CIRCUS, Chicago rapper Common returned three years later with BE. Like its two-letter title, BE is much leaner, consisting of 11 pure hip-hop tracks marked by Common's enlightened, contemplative, easy-flowing lyrics. Although the album is more streamlined, it's not predictable or unoriginal, as the beats unfold with the same combination of rawness and melodic energy that made Kanye West's debut so uncommonly engaging. This is no coincidence--West is present throughout much of BE, producing all but two of the songs here. West even appears on one of the disc's highlights, "The Food," with some expert freestyle rhyming as captured live on CHAPPELLE'S SHOW.
Common's confident, yet constantly searching, demeanor and his poetic instinct for just the right words bonds him to the heritage of hip-hop, a point hit home by the presence of rap legends the Last Poets on "The Corner." Common is always slightly and endearingly unsure, and his self-deprecation seeps out on "Love Is..." and "Faithful." However, he has the inner power to garner attention, as evident on the smooth party jam "GO!" (featuring John Mayer). BE is Common at his unaffected, commanding best.

Date Released
2005-05-23
Audio Format
PCM Audio
Studio / Live
Studio
Video Disabled
0
Performer
Common
Producer
Kanye West; DILLA; James Poyser
Artists
  1. Be
Duration
42m 33s

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