Thursday, January 26, 2012

CD Review: Common Becomes "The Dreamer" With New Release

Hip-hop rapper Common returns with a new album entitled “The Dreamer/The Believer.” It is the artist’s first new album since 2008’s #1 Billboard Top Rap album “Universal Mind Control.” The new album was produced by No I.D. who has also produced albums for Jay-Z and Kanye West.

The album begins with “The Dreamer,” which contains a steady beat that Common just raps masterfully over. The song also features some sweet backwards guitar and closes with a poem read by Maya Angelou. The album has already produced five singles, beginning with “Ghetto Dreams” which features fellow rapper, Nas. The song was released back in July and is the perfect introduction to the new album that was released back in December. The album features a load of samples including Electric Light Orchestra’s “Mr. Blue Sky” during “Blue Sky” and Curtis Mayfield’s “I Loved And I Lost” in the song “Lovin’ I Lost.” Common gets his R&B groove going during “Celebrate” and invites John Legend to lend is vocals to “The Believer.” The album closes with “Pops Belief,” which is based on a poem by Lonnie “Pops” Lynn that he recites over a simple piano backdrop.

Common’s album “The Dreamer/The Believer” debuted at #18 on the Billboard album charts. For more information on Common, please visit his website (

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