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Common: Electric Circus
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This underground rapper had surprising mainstream success with his brilliant last album (2000's Like Water for Chocolate). He's now left his native Chicago for New York, and in an even bolder move, he makes the adventurous Like Water seem conservative in comparison to the wildly eclectic musical stew he's cooked up here. With help from an amazing variety of special guests (including Zap Mama, Bilal, Stereolab, Mary J. Blige, Cee-lo, Jill Scott, Pharrell Williams and Erykah Badu), Common blends conscious hip hop with a dizzying array of other styles, including a generous heaping of psychedelic rock. Influenced by other expansive musical visionaries like George Clinton, Prince and Jimi Hendrix, Common is fast becoming one of today's most innovative hip hop artists 12/15/2002 - Don Yates
Other Common album reviews:

Nobody's Smiling - 7/25/2014
The Dreamer/The Believer - 1/13/2012
Be - 5/18/2005
Like Water For Chocolate - 4/15/2000