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Common Gives “Universal Mind Control” XXL Rating

After several setbacks, Common’s 8th solo studio album Universal Mind Control will be one of the many hip-hop albums hitting shelves and digital stores today (12/09).

The Chicago rap vet, whose first album, Can I Borrow A Dollar, came out 16 years ago, took a new direction this go around. Linking up with The Neptunes for the majority of the album, Com wanted his sound to have a more “fun,” danceable feel.

Despite the musical change and the numerous album push backs, Com is very confident in the new material. He took to his website,, to offer fans his own humble opinion of the CD.

“I wanna review this album,” he said. “After listening to this album extensively and really accessing it and just seeing what I really thought about this album, I give this album an A plus, a 10, really 11 on a scale of 1 to 10. 5 stars if I was Rolling Stone. XXL if I was XXL, even though I wear smediums.“ [Stay tuned for XXL’s March issue for to see how Com’s new album rated.]

Along with Com, old school rap staple EPMD’s new disc, We Mean Business was released today as well.  Reuniting for their first CD since 1999’s Out of Business. Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith’s comeback album – which they released on their own EP record label – features appearances from Raekwon, Redman, Method Man, Keith Murray and KRS-One.

Also hitting stores today is the collabo project from Bay Area heavyweights Keak Da Sneak and San Quinn. Welcome To Scokland was released via indie label, Ehusti.- Jesse Gissen

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