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6.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

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  2. Negative: 4 out of 23

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Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

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  1. Positive: 5 out of 26
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  1. Universal Mind Control seems to move Common backward instead of forward, which for a lyricist of his caliber is truly disappointing.
  2. Huh? A Common album without a soul-jazz opener? Well, rap's deep thinker wanted to make club bangers. So he got the Neptunes to shape this sexed-up set.
  3. 70
    While we're used to Common in the role of poetic prophet or self-righteous rhyme slayer, Universal Mind Control is primarily a rhythmic celebration, paying tribute to Afrika Bambaataa and Jonzun Crew jams.