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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. Entertainment Weekly
    91
    Be's leanness signals awesome growth even without pushing sonic boundaries. [27 May 2005, p.136]
  2. Vibe
    90
    Overflowing with passion, honesty, and optimism, Be gets to the root of human experience--all the while staying beautifully soulful and funky. [Jun 2005, p.156]
  3. Filter
    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. Though not quite 2005's best hip-hop album - [Kanye] West retains that honour for himself - Be is a lean and vibrant masterclass in hip-hop fundamentals.
  5. Be is Common getting his "grown man" on.
  6. West presents Common with a real challenge: rich rhythmic compositions that demand equally vivid verses. The elder MC responds with sharp Polaroid poetry, and the result of their collaboration is an uncluttered journalistic counterpoint to the rambling memoir that is The College Dropout.
  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: 58 out of 65
  2. Negative: 2 out of 65
  1. Apr 6, 2016
    10
    one word for this masterpiece. incredible. the rhymes, hooks and production is mind blowing. each track flows with one and another making forone word for this masterpiece. incredible. the rhymes, hooks and production is mind blowing. each track flows with one and another making for an enjoyable listen .one of my favorite albums. Expand
  2. AlanW
    Jul 4, 2005
    10
    Perfect album, nothing more to say honestly. Beats = 10 Rapping = 10 The only place where it suffers is the live version of the food, but Perfect album, nothing more to say honestly. Beats = 10 Rapping = 10 The only place where it suffers is the live version of the food, but even that is awesome. Expand
  3. VinceH.
    May 25, 2005
    10
    Easily his best album since the consicious-masterpiece "Like Water for Chocolate". As a huge Common fan, there is no feeling in the world Easily his best album since the consicious-masterpiece "Like Water for Chocolate". As a huge Common fan, there is no feeling in the world like hearing Common tear to shreds a Jay Dee or Kanye beat. It just feels so...natural. OF course the lyrics are beyond great (lyrically it's the best of its kind since "Black on Both Sides") and the production is soulful and inspired. Along with "1998" with Blueprint, this is the album of 2005. Expand
  4. BenW
    Oct 13, 2005
    10
    Best Album of the Year?
  5. LawrenceP
    May 25, 2005
    9
    Common is back! Kanye West does a good job. He knows when little is more on Common's songs.
  6. TerrenceO
    Jul 21, 2005
    9
    The first great hip-hop album of the year, and it came from an artist i had all but given up on. I allways thought Common had a great album The first great hip-hop album of the year, and it came from an artist i had all but given up on. I allways thought Common had a great album in him somewhere, im glad he finally pulled it off. short sweet and to the point with no skits to derail the flow. "Go" is a little lax, and the self satisfying over the top "Be" could lose the last 4 minutes, but still endlessly listenable and enjoyable Expand
  7. KyleT
    May 27, 2006
    0
    dis cd is wack jus cuz he is an old head who used to do drugs CRACKHEAD BIT**

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