Common Relives the Making of his Classic Album “Be”

September 2, 2011

Hearing the background stories to how a classic anything was made, always helps add to the mystique of that masterpiece. Common’s Be album has been certified by many Hip Hop scholars as a classic since its release back in 2005. The Chi-town representer recently linked up with Reebok Classics and Rock The Bells as part of their “Classic Albums by Classic Artists” series for a short look back on the days surrounding the making of Be.

Common’s sixth album produced hits like, “Go,” “The Corner,” and “The Food.” Not mention one of the best album intros ever that helped set the tone and content for an album in, “Be.” With Kanye West behind the scenes and assistance from the late J. Dilla, Common was at his best recording his most lucrative album to date. Kanye’s producing prowess is heightened by Common’s story about Ye waking up from a 30 minute nap to make “The Corner” beat. Stories like that are what forces you to dust off (reload on your IPod) your copy of Be and transport back into the first time you heard it.

Check out the Chicago duos performance of “The Food” from the Dave Chapelle show, and keep ya ears open for Com Sense next album The Dreamer, The Believer set to hit stores around the winter holidays.

-T. Adeyemi
“Be Real, Be True, Keep it 100.”

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