Like Water for Chocolate

Like Water for Chocolate

by CommonCommon


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/16/2001
Label: Island Uk
UPC: 0008811243920
catalogNumber: 1124392
Rank: 48299


  1. Time Travelin' (A Tribute to Fela)
  2. Heat
  3. Cold Blooded
  4. Dooinit
  5. The Light
  6. Funky for You
  7. The Questions
  8. Time Travelin' Reprise
  9. The 6th Sense
  10. A Film Called (Pimp)
  11. Nag Champa (Afrodisiac for the World)
  12. Thelonius
  13. Payback Is a Grandmother
  14. Geto Heaven, Pt. 2
  15. A Song for Assata
  16. Pops Rap III...All My Children

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Common   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 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

Bobby Caldwell   Composer
Larry Gold   Composer,String Arrangements
Joe Pirrera   Engineer
Jay Dee   Cut
Dexter Thibou   Engineer
Todd Fairall   Engineer
Common   Assistant Executive Producer
Karriem Riggins   Producer
?uestlove   Composer,Executive Producer
Soulquarians   Producer
James Yancey   Composer

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