Be (Common album)

Be is the sixth album by American rapper Common. It was released on 24 May 2005 in the United States and on 30 May 2005 in Germany. Be was about G.O.O.D. Music / Geffen Records released and was able to reach # 2 on the Billboard 200 charts. The recordings were produced by Kanye West and J Dilla.


In 2002 appeared Commons album Electric Circus. On this the rapper connects many musical influences. Electric Circus was a commercial failure for Common. So it sold worse than Like Water for Chocolate, the fourth album by the Chicago-based rapper. Be was conceived as a return to the Commons hip-hop. Through collaboration with Kanye West, the publication of Be received a greater media attention, which favored the sales of the album.

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The production of the beats was taken over by the hip-hop musicians Kanye West and J Dilla died in 2006. Nine of the eleven tracks were produced by Kanye West. J Dilla is responsible for the songs Love is ... and It's your world. In addition, James Poyser and Karriem Riggins act as co-producer of the play It's your world. In an interview, rapper Common spoke about working with Kanye West.

"We know about No ID, who was producer of my first three albums. [ ... ] Ye came more times in the Basement by to audition us beats. Sometimes he visited me also to be a bit too battlen with me. I was now time Chicago's number one, the only one who had a worldwide reputation. [ ... ] However, it has ultimately to Electric Circus lasted until we have worked together for the first time. Then we went together with Kweli on tour, at this time we have become real friends. "

For many beats of the album other songs have been sampled. Sweet Children of Caesar Frazier and Mother Nature by Albert Jones were used for the piece about Be. The Corner contains parts of the song You Make the Sun Shine by The Temprees and Go! Excerpts of Old Smokey by Linda Lewis. Faithful to the End by DJ Rogers was used for the production of beats Faithful.

Honey Cones piece Innocent Til Proven Guilty was used for the piece and Testify God Is Love by Marvin Gaye for the song Love is .... Chi -City contains samples from Since I Found My Baby by Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose and The Food samples from I Never Had It So Good and Felt So Bad by The Chi - Lites, as well as Nothing Can Change This Love by Sam Cooke. On Real People Sweet Children is sampled by Ceasar Frazier. In addition, the song Ghetto Child by Ahmad Jamal and the piece of Papa Wings Stanley Turrentine was used for They say used and Share What You Got by The modulation for the production of the beat to It's Your World.



Be was nominated in 2006 for four Grammy Awards. It was common nominations in the categories Best Rap Album, Best Cooperation - Rap / vocals for the song They Say, Best Performance by a Duo or Group - Rap for the play The Corner and best solo performance - Rap for the song Testify.

Commons sixth studio album debuted at # 2 on the U.S. Billboard 200 charts a. It could occupy positions sixteen weeks on the charts. In the United States, 800,000 copies were sold of Be.

In Germany Be rose in the 24th week of the year 2005, to position 93 in the German album charts. In Canada, the recorded music reached number 10

Furthermore, it was seen loading chart success in Europe. So the recorded music rose to number 38 in the UK. In Switzerland, the album reached the position 26 in Sweden and number 39 of the corresponding charts. Moreover Be in Ireland increased at number 61 and in the Netherlands at number 73. In Norway, the sixth studio album by Common Position 8 of the Norway Albums Top 40 could reach.


Be was very well received by the critics. The e-zine awarded the album the highest possible rating. The responsible editor Alexander Engelen Be referred as "nothing less than a classic ." The guest musicians present on the album are " perfectly selected " and the productions are highlighted positive. Thus, according to Engelen the " complete album [ ... ] crossed by Kanye's Soul, his reverence for his musical forefathers and his talent, hip-hop to raise to a new level ."

" In 42 minutes you will find many musical facets, without the fixed point of this rap is lost. Common has conjured up with the help of Kanye West one that works with his lyrical depth of his musical conciseness and spiritual devotion in Rapjahr 2005 unique is there. "

The Rolling Stone magazine awarded loading four of a possible five rating points. In the review loading is referred to as the best album of Commons. As the editors of, even the Rolling Stone sees the musical quality, among others, in the work of Kanye West founded.

The hip-hop magazine Juice awarded 5.5 out of possible 6 "crown" to Be. At the same time the sound recording was named Album of the month. From the perspective of the editors "Common [ ... ] found back to his form." The album features " unity and conciseness ", which is attributed to the decision to use only two producers in the making of the album by the editors.

"Even an egomaniac like Mr. West holds in view of the cooperation with such a heavyweight pleasantly and confined to his job, which is to write first-class songs. Yeah right, not here beats gelacet or gespittet Rhymes, songs here are created by a beauty and magic, whose appeal does not wear it after the third passage. "

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The German rapper, singer and producer Max Herre praised 2011 in an interview loading and called it as a model for future projects of his production team KAHEDI: " I mean, what was his, Be ' Common so great? She came out in 2005, but has a given all that has given a a rap sheet from 1994 to emotions and soul. This is something that we have in mind the next thing. "


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  • 2005 album