Finding Forever

Finding Forever

by Common


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Finding Forever

In "The People," Common rhymes "My daughter found Nemo/I found the new Primo", yet it is the late J Dilla -- not DJ Premier -- who is emulated by Kanye West throughout Finding Forever. Dilla's 2006 death has had Common and Kanye not just grieving but further contemplating the making of music that outlasts their time on the planet. This lends a kind of heaviness, a level of seriousness, and a sometimes overbearing sense of "What we are doing here is intended to be important," not present on 2005's Be -- a taut and steady album with an unforced and seemingly less conceptualized liquid flow. This time out, Kanye adopts a "What would Dilla do?" approach to his productions. (As on Be, most of the tracks feature his handiwork, with some duties farmed out to others.) Though the intentions are good, it's an audacious move: idiosyncratic and often brilliant producer attempts to channel the creativity of a master who constantly switched up his game. It doesn't help Kanye's cause that the album's sweetest track is the Dilla-produced "So Far to Go" (heard in original form on Dilla's The Shining), sandwiched between two Kanye beats that can be tuned out with no effort. There are some subtle references to Dilla, and while it's perfectly acceptable that no outright mimicry is going on, the majority of the beats are slightly substandard, at least by Kanye standards. Common delivers plenty of lyrical potency, whether he's mixing the sad with the silly ("Doin' all she can for her man and her baby, drivin' herself crazy like the astronaut lady") or dishing out some serious Nas-worthy disdain ("With 12 monkeys on-stage, it's hard to see who's a gorilla -- you was better as a drug dealer"). Sometimes, though, he's only providing more ammo for those who still maintain that his best album is his less than didactic debut, like the Cosby-in-training "He had a fetish for shoes that's athletic/Pathetic on his MySpace page half-naked." The album includes a handful of well-placed and effectual guest contributors including Bilal, Dwele, Lily Allen, Common's dad, and the one and only Primo. Still, it's a shade less satisfying than Be.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/31/2007
Label: Geffen Records
UPC: 0602517321939
catalogNumber: 000938202
Rank: 181089

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Common   Primary Artist
DJ Premier   scratching
James Poyser   Keyboards
Karriem Riggins   Percussion,Drums   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Derrick Hodge   Electric Bass,Conductor
Bilal   Background Vocals
Dwele   Background Vocals
Omar Edwards   Synthesizer,Flute,Keyboards
Dawntanya Smith   Viola
Lonnie Lynn   Vocals
Alana E. Bennett   Cello
Margherita Biederbick   Violin
Zoé Cartier   Cello
Chillz   Voices,Spoken Word
Hannah Kelin   Viola
Laura Rajanen   Violin
Monique Spencer   Violin
Teldex   String Quartet
Edith Dawn Yorkley   Violin
Brandee Younger   Harp
String Quartet Teldex   Strings
Rhea Williams   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Andrew Lloyd Webber   Composer
Ernie Isley   Composer
Paul Simon   Composer
George Duke   Composer
Michel Legrand   Composer
Chris Jasper   Composer
Gene McDaniels   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
D'Angelo   Composer
James Poyser   Producer,Audio Production
Tim Reid   Marketing
Gil Scott-Heron   Composer
Charles Stepney   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Andrew Dawson   Engineer
Phil Strong   Engineer
Common   Executive Producer,Author
Karriem Riggins   Producer,Audio Production
Neil Baldock   Engineer
Sol Marcus   Composer
Gloria Caldwell   Composer   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Kanye West   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Anthony Kilhoffer   Engineer
Derrick Hodge   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements,Audio Production
Derek Dudley   Executive Producer
Nigel Evan Dennis   Illustrations
J Dilla   Producer,Audio Production
DeVon "Devo" Harris   Composer
Brian "B. Kyle" Atkins   Engineer
Devo Springsteen   Audio Production
Lloyd Webber   Composer
James Yancey   Composer
William Adams   Composer
Don Covay   Composer

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Finding Forever 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm kinda dissapointed at this album. Ever since Common and Kanye became a unit I have expected nothing less than superb material from these two cats. The best song on this album is the Will.I.Am produced I Want You and that's saying a lot for an album executive produced by the man also known as the Louis Vitton Don. I had been very much looking forward to listening to this album because I expected it to be a lot better than Common's previously released Be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i thought the album was good come up for Common and Good music. Common still killing rappers and most MC's and chose a nice selection of tracks to blaze to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Common seems to be getting better with time, like good wine! The beats are razor sharp, the melodies are classic and the lyrics are on point as usual. Hip hop needed this album, Common and Kanye are classic together!