Today In Hip-Hop: Common Releases ‘Be’

On this day, May 23rd, in hip-hop history... 2005: Thirteen years and five albums immersed into his professional maturation as a deeply respected lyricist, the culmination of Common's proficiency as an inspired narrator of the intricacies of everyday life was successfully presented in spectacular fashion on what would be his sixth and most significant studio album to date, Be. Nearly three years removed from his fifth studio album, Electric Circus, which displayed an eccentric direction that was both unfamiliar and largely unpopular to his fans at the time, Common returned with conviction to a specific impassioned musical territory throughout the forty-two minute duration of Be. Accredited mostly ...

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