Common Just Wants To Have Fun

PHOTO: Stephen Knight

PHOTO: Stephen Knight

Don’t let the above photo fool you. Com actually had some interesting stuff to say.

So, me and my co-worker went to Legacy Studios in New York City to listen to Common’s Universal Mind Control earlier this week. I must say, Com just seems to be in a different space. He’s among a select few, including Ice Cube, Mos Def and Ludacris, who have made the jump to Hollywood and kept their rhyme skills intact. Mos never fell off. He just doesn’t care. And Cube’s pen was called into question in the mid to late 90s, but he’s clearly back on his rhyme on his last two LPs.

But basically, Com’s Hollywood adventures seem to have affected his rhyme schemes. Not in a good or bad way. I’m strictly talking content here. Aside from “Changes,” a song he hopes will be Barack Obama’s inaugural song, don’t expect Universal Mind Control to push the thematic envelope or be filled with introspective and thought provoking tales. That’s not what Com is on. He just wants to have fun.

The jury is still out on the album. I have to listen to it a few more times before I reach a verdict. Some of you may remember that I voiced my concern regarding the Neptunes’ involvement in the album this past summer. They didn’t do a terrible job. Common usually goes around the room and asks all in attendance what their two favorite tracks are. Interestingly, folks kept listing tracks by former Outkast producer Mr. DJ, not Pharrell and them.

Shoot! Maybe he should have gota few tracks from Q-Tip.That Renaissance is kinda dope. Anybody else heard Com’s album? What’s your verdict?

  • Queens Boy

    I HAVEN’T HEARD IT AS OF YET BUT IF THE SINGLES ARE ANY HINT AS TO THE DIRECTION HE’S GOING IN, IT WILL BE STRAIGHT GARBAGE…

    • http://www.justlyphe.com Just Lyphe

      In the wise words of Mr. Sense himself, “If I don’t like it, I don’t like it, that don’t mean that I’m hatin” I’m sorry, but I just don’t think this is the flow Common said was gonna change the world. He’s one of the greatest ever, but I have to say that I’m still giving him credit for “one day it’ll all make sense”, “Like water for chocolate”, “resurrection” and “can I borrow a dollar?”. New millennium Common hasn’t been quite as entertaining to me.

  • Phil

    I can’t lie, I’m a Common fan for life, and I am curious to hear what a care-free, leisurely Com would sound like. “Announcement” was cool, and “Universal Mind Control” does sound kinda crazy in the spots, lol…but I am more curious about Mr. DJ’s contributions than the Neps parts.

  • Worley

    Those millions are getting good to Common. Now he wants the world to do a shimmy to that empty fluff. No can do fella. I’ll wait for the next one.

  • Bang

    so it is a void of thinking album. WE REALLY NEEDED THAT, THANKS COM

  • http://www.incilin.blogspot.com Incilin

    Wait, Com’s album is out? Since when?

    • BIGNAT

      I AM WITH YOU I THOUGTH IT WAS SUPPOSE TO DROP IN DECEMBER

  • Ali

    i dont think its out quite yet, but yeah anyway, I never liked the Neptunes, their style is just too weird for me im not feeling it….just like Timbo recently, he’s been on that weird shit too, it makes u not wanna hear a song even tho the lyrics r prolly ok…”Announcement” was ok (beat still kinda sucks tho) & the title track was garbage……& btw I have Common in my top 5 all time, so i aint a “hater” lol….oh well, Ill cop it but im really waiting 4 “The Believer”