Common – The Dreamer The Believer
The 2011 release, “The Dreamer/The Believer”, is Common’s 9th studio album and in our opinion, one that should definitely find its way into your collection. Common goes back to that classic formula we heard on his earlier albums, while at the same time creating a new elevated sound for us to vibe to. No ID, who happened to produce most of the tracks on Can I Borrow A Dollar (1992), Resurrection (1994) and One Day It’ll All Make Sense (1997), produces every track on the new album, so it’s no wonder we get an updated version of the classic Common sound from the 90’s.
“Ghetto Dreams” featuring Nas, is definitely a standout track and one of our favorites on the album. You can never go wrong with a hard hitting beat and sick verses from both Common and Nas. Sweet, which has been rumored to be directed at rapper, Drake, is another No ID banger where Common is essentially talking to those who he feels have disrespected Hip-Hop culture, or don’t represent Hip-Hop culture the way it was intended to be represented. On a recent appearance on Sway In The Morning, Common pretty even-handedly addressed his critiques of what he sees in the scene these days. “Raw” (How You Like It), probably our personal favorite, features Hannah Sidibe singing a funky hook over one of No ID’s best beats on the album. James Fauntleroy II does his thing on the soulful hook of “Celebrate”, a Chicago anthem inviting us to celebrate life and enjoy what we do have. Other noteworthy tracks are “The Dreamer feat. Maya Angelou”, “Blue Sky” and “The Believer feat. John Legend.”
If you haven’t yet, pick this up, you’ll be happy you did.