CD Review: Common
|Finding Forever Geffen |
Music •••• Sound ••••
Here, the production is handled mostly by another go-to guy, Kanye West, and the results are sizzling. On "Southside," Common and Kanye's home base of Chicago is given its due with a snazzy, somewhat raucous groove, not to mention a rapping duel from the two. "The Game" is another knockout, as Kanye's horn-quenched beats mixed with D.J. Premier's squiggling scratches bring on plenty of boom-bap.
Common's wordplay, meanwhile, urges that now is no time for chillin': "In the middle of whack, my soul sticks to a track / Kickback records get kicked to the back." It's one of the many examples of his inspired flow on this album. And on "The People" - featuring tasty keyboards and a vocal sample of Gil Scott-Heron - Common raps about who he makes music for, and why: "Sick and tired of bunchin' it, I look on the bus at them / When I see them strugglin', I think how I'm touchin' them." On Finding Forever, he's obviously touching them in a good way.