Old School Mondays:: Common Sense Dollar Borrowing Edition

I’ve mentioned Brian Coleman’s book, Check The Technique in a previous OSM, and once again it is acting the inspiration for today’s edition. Coleman covers Common’s Resurrection in the book, and that got me wondering if I’d posted any Common (Sense) as part of a past OSM. A quick Google-age indicates I have not, but I thought I’d better start at Common’s start with Can I Borrow A Dollar?, an album I still have my cassette copy of.

 

Here’s a fun fact about Can I Borrow A Dollar?: most rap merds worth their salt know that Chi-town Producer/sometime MC No I.D. produced the majority of the record, but what I didn’t realize until reading Coleman’s book that he went under the moniker Immenslope at the time (the album’s wiki entry backs this up). Immenslope! A combo of Immense and Slope, that’s impressive really. I know his intent was to pick kind of a stupid name and see if he could blow up with it, but it’s a pretty comical name.

 

Production-wise though, there’s nothing to complain about as far as the work done by No I.D. and Com’s other in-house producer Twilite Tone. Classic early 90′s boom-bap and jazzy influence aplenty can be found on the album, and I think it’s aged rather well for a ’92 release. To be honest, the thing I remember about Common on this album back in the day was being intrigued by his voice. He could certainly flow, and he utilized some of the stop-start, and tongue-twisting styles that other folks were at the time, but his semi-nose plugged, crazy squeaky inflections made him stand out.

 

He was also from Chicago too, which was rather unique at the time, as I can’t think of another album from my back in the day collection from a Chi-town MC or group. But this was hearty hip hop, the kind of honest, non-commercial, stick to your ribs hip hop that I’d always be searching for in those days, so I remember playing it plenty. So here’s some songs to sample from Common Sense’s first outing, if you haven’t heard them, or haven’t heard them in a while. His first single was the semi-braggadocios fun of Take It EZ, then there’s the smoothed-out Breaker 1/9, and then the raucous trunk rattler Soul By The Pound, both in it’s original form, and the solid video “thump” mix. There’s also a video for each below, so enjoy.

 

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MP3:: Common Sense - Take It EZ

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MP3:: Common Sense - Breaker 1/9

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MP3:: Common Sense - Soul By The Pound

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MP3:: Common Sense - Soul by the Pound (Thump Mix)

 

VIDEO:: Common Sense - Take it EZ

 

VIDEO:: Common Sense - Breaker 1/9

 

VIDEO:: Common Sense - Soul By The Pound

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