Be - Common
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Universal acclaim- based on 98 Ratings

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  • Summary: The rapper's follow-up to 2002's love-it-or-hate-it 'Electric Circus' was produced largely by Kanye West. For some reason, John Mayer guests.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Be's leanness signals awesome growth even without pushing sonic boundaries. [27 May 2005, p.136]
  2. Common's best album so far, one that proves hip hop can be both smart and mainstream. [Jul 2005, p.114]
  3. 86
    Although Kanye's production work has certainly been more spectacular in the past, his subtle tweaks and inversions on Be provide Com with a revamped template. [#16, p.94]
  4. Be is Common getting his "grown man" on.
  5. West is the producer Common has been waiting for all of his career: He makes Common both catchier and edgier at the same time.
  6. After blasting off into outer space with Electric Circus, Common returns to more solid ground with Be, but thanks to West, Poyser, and Jay Dee, the sounds are often nothing short of heavenly.
  7. Each neo-soul nod to the R&B sound of Detroit, immediately post-Holland-Dozier-Holland, sounds more claustrophobic and limited than the last.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 63
  2. Negative: 2 out of 63
  1. Apr 25, 2012
    3
    Common has undeniable talent, but for outsiders to the genre Be lacks any real attraction or punch. Even with Kanye producing, I can't help but wish it had a little more bounce. Expand

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