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Finding Forever
     

Finding Forever

by Common
 

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In "The People," Common rhymes "My daughter found Nemo/I found the new Primo", yet it is the late J Dilla -- not DJ Premier -- who is emulated by Kanye West throughout Finding Forever. Dilla's 2006 death has had Common and Kanye not just grieving but further contemplating the making of music that outlasts

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In "The People," Common rhymes "My daughter found Nemo/I found the new Primo", yet it is the late J Dilla -- not DJ Premier -- who is emulated by Kanye West throughout Finding Forever. Dilla's 2006 death has had Common and Kanye not just grieving but further contemplating the making of music that outlasts their time on the planet. This lends a kind of heaviness, a level of seriousness, and a sometimes overbearing sense of "What we are doing here is intended to be important," not present on 2005's Be -- a taut and steady album with an unforced and seemingly less conceptualized liquid flow. This time out, Kanye adopts a "What would Dilla do?" approach to his productions. (As on Be, most of the tracks feature his handiwork, with some duties farmed out to others.) Though the intentions are good, it's an audacious move: idiosyncratic and often brilliant producer attempts to channel the creativity of a master who constantly switched up his game. It doesn't help Kanye's cause that the album's sweetest track is the Dilla-produced "So Far to Go" (heard in original form on Dilla's The Shining), sandwiched between two Kanye beats that can be tuned out with no effort. There are some subtle references to Dilla, and while it's perfectly acceptable that no outright mimicry is going on, the majority of the beats are slightly substandard, at least by Kanye standards. Common delivers plenty of lyrical potency, whether he's mixing the sad with the silly ("Doin' all she can for her man and her baby, drivin' herself crazy like the astronaut lady") or dishing out some serious Nas-worthy disdain ("With 12 monkeys on-stage, it's hard to see who's a gorilla -- you was better as a drug dealer"). Sometimes, though, he's only providing more ammo for those who still maintain that his best album is his less than didactic debut, like the Cosby-in-training "He had a fetish for shoes that's athletic/Pathetic on his MySpace page half-naked." The album includes a handful of well-placed and effectual guest contributors, including Bilal, Dwele, Lily Allen, Common's dad, and the one and only Primo. Still, it's a shade less satisfying than Be. [A clean version of the album was also released.]

Product Details

Release Date:
07/31/2007
Label:
Geffen Records
UPC:
0602517321922
catalogNumber:
000938302

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Performance Credits

Common   Primary Artist
DJ Premier   scratching
James Poyser   Keyboards
Karriem Riggins   Percussion,Drums
will.i.am   Choir, Chorus
Derrick Hodge   Electric Bass,Conductor
Omar Edwards   Synthesizer,Flute,Keyboards
Dawntanya Smith   Viola
Lonnie Lynn   Vocals
Alana E. Bennett   Cello
Margherita Biederbick   Violin
Zoé Cartier   Cello
Chillz   Voices
Hannah Kelin   Viola
Laura Rajanen   Violin
Monique Spencer   Violin
Teldex   String Quartet
Edith Dawn Yorkley   Violin
Brandee Younger   Harp

Technical Credits

Ernie Isley   Composer
Paul Simon   Composer
George Duke   Composer
Michel Legrand   Composer
Don Covay   Composer
Chris Jasper   Composer
Gene McDaniels   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
James Poyser   Producer
Tim Reid   Marketing
Gil Scott-Heron   Composer
Charles Stepney   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Michael Archer   Composer
Andrew Dawson   Engineer
Phil Strong   Engineer
Common   Executive Producer,Author,Audio Production
Karriem Riggins   Producer
Neil Baldock   Engineer
Sol Marcus   Composer
Gloria Caldwell   Composer
will.i.am   Producer,Engineer
Kanye West   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Anthony Kilhoffer   Engineer
Will Adams   Composer
Derrick Hodge   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Derek Dudley   Executive Producer,Audio Production
Nigel Evan Dennis   Illustrations
J Dilla   Producer
DeVon "Devo" Harris   Composer
Brian "B. Kyle" Atkins   Engineer
Lloyd Webber   Composer
James Yancey   Composer

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