Thisisme Then: The Best of Common

Thisisme Then: The Best of Common

by Common
     
 

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Thisisme Then: The Best of Common surveys the early career of the Chi-town artist formerly known as Sense. Drawing from his first three albums (Can I Borrow a Dollar? Resurrection, One Day It'll All Make Sense), this collection of 15 classic tracks gives a

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Thisisme Then: The Best of Common surveys the early career of the Chi-town artist formerly known as Sense. Drawing from his first three albums (Can I Borrow a Dollar? Resurrection, One Day It'll All Make Sense), this collection of 15 classic tracks gives a picture of Common's stylistic evolution. The earliest first-album cuts show us an MC whose high-energy, conspicuously squeaky tongue-twister vocals, and comedic subject matter mirrored a variety of hip-hop acts of the day (Das EFX, Redman, et al.). The Resurrection tracks mark a clear turning point -- a move away from light-hearted content toward poetic maturity. "I Used to Love H.E.R.," with its airtight extended metaphor, remains one of the most poignant hip-hop songs of all time. By album three, Common had garnered respect from the likes of De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest, and his work heralded the arrival of a new kind of conscious super MC, capable of speaking from the heart on subjects such as street crime ("Stolen Moments"), abortion ("Retrospective for Life"), religion ("G.O.D."), and coming to terms with one's adolescent past ("Reminding Me (Of Sef)"). Thisisme Then also includes the rarely heard "High Expectations" from the soundtrack to the 1997 film Soul in the Hole.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/27/2007
Label:
Red Int / Red Ink
UPC:
0886971933826
catalogNumber:
19338

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Common   Primary Artist
Tony Orbach   Saxophone
Lenny Underwood   Keyboards
Spike Rebel   Keyboards
Vere Isaac   Bass

Technical Credits

Chris Jasper   Composer
Beatnuts   Arranger,Producer
Carlos Glover   Engineer
Troy Hightower   Engineer
Marvin Isley   Composer
O'Kelly Isley   Composer
Ronald Isley   Composer
Rudolph Isley   Composer
Axel Niehaus   Engineer
James Poyser   Producer
Jerry Ragovoy   Composer
Warren Riker   Engineer
Aaron Schroeder   Composer
Kirk Yano   Engineer
Richard Nichols   Contributor
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Brian Jensen   Engineer
Peter Kang   Executive Producer
Lauryn Hill   Arranger,Producer
Common   Composer
?uestlove   Contributor
Rob Carter   Producer
Rae Nimeh   Engineer
Stephen Georgiafandis   Engineer
Chris Irwin   Engineer
Spike Rebel   Producer

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