Can I Borrow a Dollar?

Can I Borrow a Dollar?

by CommonCommon Sense


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A former Source magazine "Unsigned Hype" winner, Common Sense almost single-handedly put Chicago hip-hop on the map in the early '90s with his excellent debut, Can I Borrow a Dollar?, which displayed a truly unique sound that, nevertheless, situated the rapper somewhere between the ground staked out by A Tribe Called Quest and Gang Starr. Can I Borrow a Dollar? features the fabulous, oddly muted production of 2 Pc. Drk Productions (Immenslope and Twilite Tone). They opt for a spare, minimalist production that prominently features understated keyboard loops over simple drum tracks, occasionally augmented by saxophone or flute for an overall jazzy, laid-back feel. The production perfectly complements Common Sense's hiccuping/singsongy vocal style and involved rhymes. His lyrics are packed with allusions and references to pop and street culture nearly as eclectic as those of the Beastie Boys. Though sometimes lighthearted to the point of aimlessness and occasionally veering into harder-hitting (vaguely misogynistic) sentiments, Can I Borrow a Dollar? acted, for the most part, as an antidote to the exaggeratedly hardcore rhymes of a lot of early-'90s hip-hop. Stand-out tracks such as "Charms Alarm," "Take It EZ," and the only outside production, the Beatnuts' characteristically bell-driven "Heidi Hoe," are calls to arms to all hangers-on and fakers in the hip-hop community. This is one of the most underrated hip-hop debuts of the '90s.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/06/1992
Label: Relativity
UPC: 0088561108427
catalogNumber: 1084

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Common   Primary Artist,Rap,Track Performer
Kenny Aaronson   Bass Guitar
Tarsha Jones   Background Vocals
Tony Orbach   Saxophone
Twilite Tone   Background Vocals
Lenny Underwood   Keyboards

Technical Credits

2pc.DRK   Arranger,Producer
Beatnuts   Arranger,Producer
Dan Bernoff   Engineer
Scott Canto   Engineer
Todd Childress   Engineer
RJ Cicero   Engineer
Angela R. Dryden   Engineer
Dante Gioia   Engineer
Immenslope   Arranger,Producer
Chris Irwin   Engineer
Brian Kincaid   Engineer
Armem Malzumian   Engineer
Bruce Moore   Engineer
Chrystin Nevarez   Engineer
Twilite Tone   Arranger,Producer
Chuck Valle   Engineer
Kirk Yano   Engineer
David Bett   Art Direction
Peter Kang   Executive Producer
Common   Lyricist
Chris Irwin   Engineer

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