Saturday, December 31, 2011
TIE FOR #11 - COMMON "THE DREAMER/THE BELIEVER"
The entire LP is produced by No ID. And other than Nas, there are only two guest appearances: John Legend and Maya Angelou. No ID worked with Common on his early recordings; he's also the guy who introduced Kanye West to production. Common and No ID work together really well, and it was a great idea to have him do the entire album. These days, most hip-hop albums are more like compilations with different producers, different guest stars. The artist whose name is on the LP cover is a common thread throughout the songs. The Dreamer/The Believer feels like an album.
One song that's getting a lot of attention is "Sweet," a song which he has said is about younger hip-hop artists, including Drake. I'm not part of the hip-hop community, but when I saw Drake's Sprite commercial, where he raps "Last name 'ever,' first name 'greatest,'" I had to laugh and wonder if the guy had every single Eric B & Rakim LP. Or any Eric B & Rakim LP. Does he know who Rakim is? Or KRS-One, Guru, Black Thought, Nas... or Common? I realize that Common risks looking "old" or out of touch by doing a record like "Sweet," but he's a man, and it needed to be said.
Anyway, back to music. I hope Common and No ID do the next album together. I think The Dreamer/The Believer is a great album, but his greatest is yet to come.