Thisisme Then: The Best of Common

Thisisme Then: The Best of Common


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Official Release Date Jan 08, 2008
Artist Common
Genre Pop
Version  US
PAX-Code PAX0004918338
Item Code  0886971933819

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  • Manufacturer: Legacy/Rsm

track listing

1. Take It Ez2. Breaker 1-93. Soul by the Pound4. Charms Alarm5. Heidi Hoe6. I Used to Love H.E.R.7. Book of Life8. Resurrection9. Thisisme10. Retrospect for Life11. Reminding Me (Of Sef)12. All Night Long13. G.O.D. (Gaining One's Definition)14. Stolen Moments, Pt. 315. High Expectations

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Thisisme Then: The Best of Common surveys the early career of the Chi-town artist formerly known as Sense. Drawing from his first three albums (Can I Borrow a Dollar? Resurrection, One Day It'll All Make Sense), this collection of 15 classic tracks gives a picture of Common's stylistic evolution. The earliest first-album cuts show us an MC whose high-energy, conspicuously squeaky tongue-twister vocals, and comedic subject matter mirrored a variety of hip-hop acts of the day (Das EFX, Redman, et al.). The Resurrection tracks mark a clear turning point -- a move away from light-hearted content toward poetic maturity. "I Used to Love H.E.R.," with its airtight extended metaphor, remains one of the most poignant hip-hop songs of all time. By album three, Common had garnered respect from the likes of De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest, and his work heralded the arrival of a new kind of conscious super MC, capable of speaking from the heart on subjects such as street crime ("Stolen Moments"), abortion ("Retrospective for Life"), religion ("G.O.D."), and coming to terms with one's adolescent past ("Reminding Me (Of Sef)"). Thisisme Then also includes the rarely heard "High Expectations" from the soundtrack to the 1997 film Soul in the Hole.

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SN: 224 | 1007 { 58 } | | WS: 1 | | Cat: 2093