Can I Borrow a Dollar?

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All Music Guide - Stanton Swihart
A former Source magazine "Unsigned Hype" winner, Common Sense almost single-handedly put Chicago hip-hop on the map in the early '90s with his excellent debut, Can I Borrow a Dollar?, which displayed a truly unique sound that, nevertheless, situated the rapper somewhere between the ground staked out by A Tribe Called Quest and Gang Starr. Can I Borrow a Dollar? features the fabulous, oddly muted production of 2 Pc. Drk Productions Immenslope and Twilite Tone. They opt for a spare, minimalist production that prominently features understated keyboard loops over simple drum tracks, occasionally augmented by saxophone or flute for an overall jazzy, laid-back feel. The ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stanton Swihart
A former Source magazine "Unsigned Hype" winner, Common Sense almost single-handedly put Chicago hip-hop on the map in the early '90s with his excellent debut, Can I Borrow a Dollar?, which displayed a truly unique sound that, nevertheless, situated the rapper somewhere between the ground staked out by A Tribe Called Quest and Gang Starr. Can I Borrow a Dollar? features the fabulous, oddly muted production of 2 Pc. Drk Productions Immenslope and Twilite Tone. They opt for a spare, minimalist production that prominently features understated keyboard loops over simple drum tracks, occasionally augmented by saxophone or flute for an overall jazzy, laid-back feel. The production perfectly complements Common Sense's hiccuping/singsongy vocal style and involved rhymes. His lyrics are packed with allusions and references to pop and street culture nearly as eclectic as those of the Beastie Boys. Though sometimes lighthearted to the point of aimlessness and occasionally veering into harder-hitting vaguely misogynistic sentiments, Can I Borrow a Dollar? acted, for the most part, as an antidote to the exaggeratedly hardcore rhymes of a lot of early-'90s hip-hop. Stand-out tracks such as "Charms Alarm," "Take It EZ," and the only outside production, the Beatnuts' characteristically bell-driven "Heidi Hoe," are calls to arms to all hangers-on and fakers in the hip-hop community. This is one of the most underrated hip-hop debuts of the '90s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/6/1992
  • Label: Relativity
  • UPC: 088561108427
  • Catalog Number: 1084
  • Sales rank: 56,941

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Common Sense Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor, Rap, Track Performer
Kenny Aaronson Bass Guitar
Tarsha Jones Background Vocals
Tony Orbach Saxophone
The Twilite Tone Background Vocals
Lenny Underwood Keyboards
Technical Credits
2pc.DRK Arranger, Producer
The Beatnuts Arranger, Producer
Dan Bernoff Engineer
Scott Canto Engineer
Todd Childress Engineer
RJ Cicero Engineer
Angela R. Dryden Engineer
Dante Gioia Engineer
Immenslope Arranger, Producer
Chris Irwin Engineer
Brian Kincaid Engineer
Armem Malzumian Engineer
Bruce Moore Engineer
Chrystin Nevarez Engineer
The Twilite Tone Arranger, Producer
Chuck Valle Engineer
Kirk Yano Engineer
David Bett Art Direction
Peter Kang Executive Producer
Common Sense Lyricist
Chris Irwin Engineer
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