Common - Be
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2005 Ratings: #48 / 463
User Score
Based on 603 ratings
2005 Ratings: #7
Liked by 31 people
May 24, 2005 / Release Date
LP / Format
Kanye West, J Dilla / Producer
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☆☆☆☆ 1/2

"Waiting for the Lord to rise, I look into my daughter's eyes
And realize I'ma learn through her
The Messiah might even return through her
If I'ma do it, I gotta change the world through her"

That chunk of lyrics on the intro of the album are the most powerful sets of bars on the whole project. They might not be the smartest he's pushed out on here, but this is far and away the most powerful statement that encompasses the theme of "Be".

Anyone, from ... read more
A very stellar album with great production from kanye and on some songs J dilla and common here is proves himself to be a great MC the only thing that keeps this from being high is that it could get pretty inconsistent and I'm not a big fan of testify...

Also This use to be one of my favorite albums oat like i use to love common's music so i decided to revisit this album and didn't love it as i use to lol
Common with Jay and Kanye producing??? okay have a 95
Your only complaints about this album are nitpicky as all hell. Seriously, it might be you don't like how long the last track goes, or you think some of the Go melodies are a bit annoying, or that Real People is forgettable. Maybe you think Common played this record too safe, or that he didn't handle a take on biracial marriage responsibly enough, or that the shadow this record casts unfairly covers Resurrection or Like Water For Chocolate.

That's all fine, you can think that, as I actually ... read more
This is commons 6th album, and boy is it good. But its a very overrated album, seeing as it still has flaws that most of his albums have. This albums production was very unique compared to his others, but i still prefer the production of lwfc. By all means it is a great album, but its still missing some things that make it the best in his whole discography. Anyways, great album.

Favorite Track(s) - Be (intro), Love is..., They say, It's your world

Least Favorite Track(s) - Testify, The food
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Added on: May 5, 2013