Finding Forever is Common’s 7th album which was still produced primarily by Kanye West. We also begin to see Common branching back out circa Electric Circus with songs like the Rotary Connection sample driven Drivin’ Me Wild feat Lily Allen. An overall good album, Finding Forever was largely considered to be boring to some although it has some great moments which finally helped him earn his Grammy. Download HERE
You already know when you read the artists featured that this remix is going to be a gem! You have both the world famous Brian Jackson AND Ladybug Mecca jazzily waxing poetic over one of my favorite Kanye beats. This should have been mega! Somehow this slipped under the radar and never received the acclaim it deserved …until now. Props to the cats at WIB that unearthed this and consistently stay on top of the good Hip Hop!
Post Electric Circus and post Dilla (ok, just barely), Common returns with his G.O.O.D. Music debut produced largely (9/11 tracks ) by Kanye West. Described as his “safest album,” Be is the first of several albums that show Common in pursuit of the commercial acclaim that he now wields. Download HERE
Electric Circus is an album that will forever split Common fans across a painfully demarcated line. Whether you love it or hate it, The Soulquarians and friends produced an album where Common first represented the sound that the artists of that time were embracing (The Roots, Mos Def, Outkast) then subsequently renounced it. Personally, I don’t think he ever recovered from the perceived damage of EC, but I would love it if he would stop playing it safe as a result of it. Get the instros HERE
This is one of my favorite Common albums hands down. Common was forced to rise to the occasion on this album due to the assistance he received both vocally and behind the boards. Mos Def, Bilal, Jill Scott, Black Thought, SV, D’angelo are all artists of the highest calibre and their performances definitely reflect that. Helmed by Questlove, this album also sees the formation of the Soulquarians who went on to produce the much slept on Electric Circus. Witness how D’angelo, ?uesto, Jay Dee, James Poyser, Roy Hargrove, and Pino Palladino lay down the soundtrack for a classic HERE
Common’s 1994 sophomore album Resurrectionwas what really placed the Chicago emcee squarely on everyone’s tongue and birthed the song that is acknowledged as the penultimate Hip Hop anthem, I Used to Love H.E.R. Common Sense did his thing, but there was another major force behind that album, No I.D., who completely produced Resurrection. No I.D. went on to produce for everyone from Jay-Z and Ghostface to Toni Braxton! enjoy the sonics from one of his early crowning moments HERE
I just ran into this video tour of Freddie Joachim’s studio and am definitely excited about his new releases. I’m especially excited to hear his collaboration with Mar, I know that’s going to be choice! This also reminded me that he has remixed over a 1/2 dozen Common tracks, so we compiled them and release them to you HERE. Make sure to visit FreddieJoachim.comfor more goodies.
I can’t tell you who made this jazzy mix or when, but this is one of the most concise sample set mixes I’ve ever heard and it’s done so well. I’m sure you’ll agree once you press play. Now, who can correctly guess all of the tracks that sampled these gems. Go!
It is only fitting that we begin this post by thanking everyone for the overwhelming response to The UnCommonly Good Common Remixes Vol.1 (Download). We also want to thank everyone who reached out to be included in the remaining remix compilations; the last one will be released Dec 16th. If you want to be included, hit us at Common@BamaLoveSoul.Com.
With no further delay, here are 10 more Common remixes as well as a Sa-Ra produced bonus track. Enjoy!
01. Common; Erykah Badu – All Night Long (Feel The Vibes Remix
02. Common – Go (The Boomjacks Remix)
03. Common – I Used To Love H.E.R. (Noel Zancanella Remix)
04. Common – The Corner (Petschino Remix)
05. Common; Mark the 45 King – Car Horn (Madlib Remix)
06. Common – Go! (Vex Remix)
07. Common – The Light (Tarik Sabar’s Shine Down Remix)
08. Common; Dice Raw; Flo Brown; Jazzyfatnastees; Mos Def; The Roots – Hurricane (Insight Remix)
09. Common – I Used To Love H.E.R. (@quatic Son Remix)
10. Davina; Common – Come Over To My Place (Remix)
11. Common – So Cool (prod by Sa-Ra) Bonus
Make sure you follow Common on Soundcloudto listen to new tracks from The Dreamer/The Believer whenever he chooses to unleash them. As of now, 5 of 12 tracks have been revealed, including most recently this No ID produced John Legend track that his stans fans seem to be excited about from the comments listed.