The album helped Common to get back into the spotlight and sold 185,000 copies in its first week debuting at number 2 on the charts and also it was Common's first album to have commercial success outside the US, peaking in several territories. The album was met with universal acclaim and it was described to be Common's best album. In 2014 Common released his 10th album Nobody's Smiling which peaked at number 6 on the charts and had features from Big Sean and Vince Staples and others. In 2015 he collaborated with John Legend on the single "Glory" which peaked at number 49 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single was from the film Selma. Retrospect for Life". Reminding Me (of Sef)".
Album · 1997 · 17 Songs. Check out Retrospect for Life (feat. Lauryn Hill) and . early examples of the introspection that would become synonymous with Common. One Day It'll All Make Sense Common.
Lonnie Corant Jaman Shuka Rashid Lynn (born March 13, 1972), better known by his stage name Common (formerly Common Sense), is an American rapper, actor, writer, and philanthropist. Common debuted in 1992 with the album Can I Borrow a Dollar? and maintained an underground following into the late 1990s, after which he gained mainstream success through his work with the Soulquarians.
Blending hip-hop with jazz is a '90s cliché, but Common relies on bebop rhythms and street poetry, resulting in an album that has a loose, organic flow. The grooves have deep roots and the rhymes have humor, heart, and intelligence - few of contemporaries could achieve the emotional impact of "Retrospect for Life" or the gospel-tinged ". Gaining One's Definition). And that extra layer of emotional involvement gives One Day It'll All Make Sense a weight and spirituality that makes the record special
Retrospect For Life". The standout track from Common's third album, this single features autobiographical lyrics about Common lamenting on the issue of abortion and the choice of going through with the procedure, or having a son when he and his girlfriend aren't ready. An emotionally-charged song filled with introspection, the addition of Lauryn Hill as guest vocalist on the chorus only serves to amp up the song's emotional pull, with her voice prone to give listeners goosebumps.
Book Of Life by Common. 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.