Although Chicago is often praised for its blues, jazz, and house music, the city has failed to be successful when it comes to rap. One of the few Chicago MCs who has enjoyed any type of national attention is Common Sense, whose complex style of rapping and jazz-flavored tracks inspire comparisons to De La Soul, Digable Planets, A Tribe Called Quest, and the Pharcyde. On his sophomore effort, Resurrection, the South Sider doesn't hesitate to let you know that he has considerable technique, and in fact, he sometimes displays too much of it for his own good. Nonetheless, his intelligence, wit, and originality make this CD impressive. Resurrection's standout track is "I Used to Love H.E.R.," which seems to describe a lover's moral and spiritual decline, but is actually addressing what Common views as hip-hop's decline (in particular, gangsta rap's exploitation of sex and violence). Also quite noteworthy are "Nuthin' to Do" (which speaks out on the deterioration of Chicago's neighborhoods), and the introspective "Book of Life," a commentary on trying to keep it together in a society that has lost all traces of sanity.
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Performance CreditsCommon Primary Artist
Lenny Underwood Keyboards
Mista Sinista scratching
Technical CreditsTroy Hightower Engineer
David Bett Artwork,Art Direction
No I.D. Producer
Peter Kang Executive Producer
Stephen Georgiafandis Engineer
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Commom released his second album, ''Resurrection'', at a time when much of hip hop was still dominated by the West Coast. The Stronghold that the East Coast had held for so long in the 80's was a thing of the past, at rappers in New York were trying to gain thre footing when no one wanted to hear what they had to say. so how would a lyricist from Chicago(a city that had never been known for its hip hop scene) get the attention of the rap world. Well, Common made this task seem so simple when he realeases ''Resurrection'', an album that combined the flavors of both the East and the West, yet had a flavor all its own that could not be duplicated at the time. Songs such as the title track, ''In my own World'', and ''Nuthin' to do'' took pointers from the East's playbook, while adding that jazzy feel that no one was ready for. other tracks such as ''Communism'', ''Watermelon'', and ''orange pineapple juice'' were(and still are)straight up dope. People have been and still will be talking about this album for a long time to come. it's genius!!!!!!!
While Common's later albums were excellent in their own right, Common's crowning achievement was this. Every song is lyrically on point, and there are tons of classic verses on this album. "I Used To Love H.E.R." is one of the main highlights of the album, with Common breaking down what hip hop is truly all about. "Watermelon" is another excellent song. If you're a fan of Common and you don't have this album, then I strongly recommend picking it up.