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Like Water for Chocolate

Like Water for Chocolate

4.6 16
by Common

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Not many hip-hop records have the ability to turn an entire industry on its ear. Just as Lauryn Hill's THE MISEDUCATION OF LAURYN HILL and De La Soul's 3 FEET HIGH AND RISING ambitiously pushed the sound of hip-hop into new realms, LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE will force listeners to


Not many hip-hop records have the ability to turn an entire industry on its ear. Just as Lauryn Hill's THE MISEDUCATION OF LAURYN HILL and De La Soul's 3 FEET HIGH AND RISING ambitiously pushed the sound of hip-hop into new realms, LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE will force listeners to rethink how they listen to rap music. The title, lifted from the Laura Esquivel novel and the subsequent film, reflects the ever changing moods of one of hip-hop's most gifted MC's. From the comical ("A Film Called (PIMP)," featuring MC Lyte) to the spiritual (the stirring "Geto Heaven," featuring D'Angelo), Common's incorporation of live instrumentation provided by The Roots drummer ?uestlove and jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove -- both last heard shaping D'Angelo's VOODOO -- helps elevate hip-hop to a higher ground. The freestyle-sounding lead single, "The 6th Sense," showcases Common's fluid flow backed by a dense, DJ Premier beat that knocks harder than the NYPD. Meanwhile, Common's emotionally charged "A Song For Assata," featuring the Goodie Mob's Cee-Lo and activist Assata Shakur herself, beautifully conveys the tale of one woman's struggle for freedom over a sorrowful organ riff. If you're tired of endless verses about ice and gats, the sound of LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE is the sugar rush you've been waiting for.

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Common spent the '90s carrying the Native Tongues torch through an era dominated by gangsta rap, earning a sizable underground following. Positive-minded alternative rap came back into vogue by the new millennium, and Common managed to land with major label MCA for 2000's Like Water for Chocolate. The album established him as a leading figure of alternative rap's second generation, not just because of the best promotion he'd ever had, but also because it was his great musical leap forward, building on the strides of One Day It'll All Make Sense. There's production work by the Roots' ?uestlove, neo-soul auteur D'Angelo, the Soulquarians, and DJ Premier. But the vast majority of the album was handled by Slum Village's Jay Dee, and his thick, mellow, soul- and jazz-inflected sonics make Like Water for Chocolate one of the richest-sounding albums of the new underground movement. Common isn't always a master technician on the mic, but it hardly matters when the music serves his deeply spiritual vision and smooth-flowing raps so effectively. The singles "The Light" and "The 6th Sense" are quintessential Common, uplifting and thoughtful, and helped bring him a whole new audience. They're well complemented by the slinky, jazzy funk and lush neo-soul ballads that make up the record. Not everything is sweetness and utopia, either; Common sends up his own progressive image on "A Film Called (Pimp)," which features a hilarious guest appearance by MC Lyte, and spins a gripping first-person tale of revenge on the streets on "Payback Is a Grandmother" (though the tougher "Dooinit" feels a bit forced). The album could have been trimmed a bit to keep its momentum going, but on the whole, Like Water for Chocolate is a major statement from an artist whose true importance was just coming into focus.

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Release Date:
Island Uk


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Common   Primary Artist
MC Lyte   Track Performer
Roy Hargrove   Trumpet
Antonio Hart   Flute
D'Angelo   Piano,Keyboards,Claves
DJ Premier   scratching
Larry Gold   Conductor
Jef Lee Johnson   Guitar
Monie Love   Background Vocals
James Poyser   Organ,Bass,Keyboards
Femi Kuti   Vocals
Vinia Mojica   Vocals
Jay Dee   scratching
Black Thought   Background Vocals
?uestlove   Bass,Drums
Mos Def   Track Performer
Mista Sinista   scratching
Macy Gray   Track Performer
Slum Village   Track Performer
Jill Scott   Background Vocals
Richie Goods   Bass
T3   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Rahzel Brown   Background Vocals
Bilal Oliver   Background Vocals
Baatin   Hand Clapping

Technical Credits

Bobby Caldwell   Composer
Larry Gold   Composer,String Arrangements
Joe Pirrera   Engineer
Jay Dee   Cut
Dexter Thibou   Engineer
Todd Fairall   Engineer
Common   Assistant Executive Producer
Karriem Riggins   Producer
?uestlove   Composer,Executive Producer
Soulquarians   Producer
James Yancey   Composer

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Like Water for Chocolate 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well i think common is going to be a big music star because he is just so good.I love that song call 'the light' when i hear it, it just makes me feel so great.I give him four stars and two thumbs up!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love his work, rhymes that are so complex and not simple. My favorite track on here is Sixth Sense. I played this song plenty of times. I recommend you buy this CD; you won't regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Common has managed to step it up another level on his fourth album, Like Water for Chocolate. He has shown tremendous growth and he deals with subjects ranging from alcoholism, robbery, and revolutionary Assata Shakur. Common tackles these subjects with intensity. The cameos are excellent also. Common also changes his production on this album. He works with the Roots, Ummah, and DJ Premier, all blessing Common with hot beats. Do your self a favor and cop this album. Common definitely deserves to go platinum. PEACE!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Incredible! If you are a lover of good music, this album more than reaches it's expectations. Common is the obvious talent here but there are so many beautifully talented artists contributing to this album. The end result is an album rich in sound consisting of jazz(Roy Hargrove), hip hop(Mos Def and Slum Village), awareness(a tribute to Assata Shakur) and soul(D'Angelo). The production is handled mainly by the Soulquarians which features ?uestlove from the Roots, pianist James Poysner and Jay Dee of Slum Village and their influence is perfect for Common's message. Common has reached monumental status even though record sales won't reflect it(that will change if we start supporting real talented artists!) Common's message rings true: despite a world infested with platinum iced out fantasies and paper chases worldwide, true freedom and peace is only achieved through loving life, self and god. Thank you Common. You are not afraid of growth, challange or experimenting and I identify with you so much. I hope that the industry as well as the hip hop world appreciates your efforts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Common has managed to raise the standards on this his fourth album, Like Water For Chocolate. Like Water has a more of a different sound than his previous recordings, but is definitey fresh. This is one of the best hip hop albums of the year, surely to bang in high tech systems to walk mans from Chicago to Japan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't need to skip through any track. A complete masterpiece. Common seems to get better everytime. One of the most slept on MC's of all time. Common got Soul-Soul by the Pound-Pound. Watch out for the new artist Bilal!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Of course, Common is amazing! Thank god there are some artists like him!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is truly one of the most anticipated releases of the year. I look forward to hearing each and every track as soon as it is released. Peace
Guest More than 1 year ago
''This album is as complete as the number 7. I especially enjoyed the track entitled ''The Light''. Whenever I feel a little down and depressed, this song really lifts me up on a natural high.''
Guest More than 1 year ago
if you need a cd to relax too, hang out, clean, chill, think, anything!!!!this cd is it..one of the best i've heard for awhile!
Guest More than 1 year ago
One thing I admire about this cat is his consistency of keeping his music authenic HIP HOP he's strong enough not to the be lured into the shallow depth of exhausted commercial materialism.His new album is more musically creative than his prevous works, its sounds our relaxing and melodic it's a good investment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Common is just the next stage in music and the future of hiphop. Do not underestimate this mans creativity. One day itll all make sense was the third step but now it is time for every body to hear what he has to say.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really think that this was a very good album. The only thing that I thought was needed was a real party battle rap beat. He could have had one at least, but I still like the album, I like half of the album. I like the political and real rap that he protrays, the more I listen to him the more I like him. I wish I could rock some t's with his name on it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been following ever since ''Breaker 1/9'' and what can I say he just keeps stepping up.LWFC is one of the best hip-hop records I've heard period. Can't wait for the new he has dropping next year. I hear it's going gonna something the hip-hop in general ain't ready for. If you don't have this album go out and get it ASAP. LONG LIVE THE COM!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In a day and age where hip-hop has become a definite force in the mainstream of society, so-called hip-hop acts come a dime a dozen. Not to often comes an artist that has a full understanding of hip-hop, society, and life in general. Common Sense however is one of the few, the proud. Common has once again defied the mainstream odds and released an album that has more feeling and emotion than most albums have in the last year combined. Like Water For Chocolate is truly a hip-hop masterpiece as was the overlooked One Day It Will All Make Sense. Hip-hop, needing a guiding light to navigate it's way back to it's true essence and art form, Common should definetly be the commander of the vessel. Like Water For Chocolate is one of the best albums in recent memory.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago