Like Water for Chocolate [Explicit Lyrics]

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Barnes & Noble - Rashaun Hall
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Rashaun Hall
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.
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/28/2000
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811197025
  • Catalog Number: 111970
  • Sales rank: 36,533

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Time Travelin' (A Tribute to Fela) (6:37)
  2. 2 Heat (3:41)
  3. 3 Cold Blooded - Rahzel "The Godfather Of Noyze" (4:58)
  4. 4 Dooinit (3:37)
  5. 5 The Light (4:21)
  6. 6 Funky for You - Bilal (5:55)
  7. 7 The Questions (4:09)
  8. 8 Time Travelin' Reprise (1:33)
  9. 9 The 6th Sense - Bilal (5:19)
  10. 10 A Film Called (Pimp) - Bilal (6:05)
  11. 11 Nag Champa (Afrodisiac for the World) (5:10)
  12. 12 Thelonius (4:41)
  13. 13 Payback Is a Grandmother (4:30)
  14. 14 Geto Heaven, Pt. 2 - Macy Gray (5:18)
  15. 15 A Song for Assata (6:48)
  16. 16 Pops Rap III...All My Children - Lonnie Lynn (5:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Common Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, 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 Anikulapo 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
Larry Gold Composer, String Arrangements
Joe Pirrera Engineer
Jay Dee Cut
Tom Coyne Mastering
Dexter Thibou Engineer
Todd Fairall Engineer
Common Assistant Executive Producer
Karriem Riggins Producer
?uestlove Composer, Executive Producer
Soulquarians Producer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Common is a great lyricist.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Respectful, Deep, Spiritual

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Soooooo good

    Of course, Common is amazing! Thank god there are some artists like him!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Illest

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classic! Common has solidified his place among the legends of hip-hop!

    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!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    From wifey to hip hop heads

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cultural Hip Hop

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SEVEN STARS BECAUSE THE GROOVE IN THIS IS UNIQUE AND COMPLETE!!!!!!!

    ''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.''

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    He is Great!!!

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A true hip-hop gem

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this album feels real good

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THIS IS THE SURE SHOT

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This IS rap for real! Something you feel!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Coomon's Talent Uncommon in the Hip Hop World

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A LONG TIME COMING

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2009

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