One Day It'll All Make Sense
Relativity / Combat / Ruthless
our score: 5.0 out of 5.0
for all of you roots hip-hop freaks) third release is much more
than what has become expected of today's hip-hop albumns. Common's
release of One Day it Will All Make Sense.... is a triumph
for what hip-hop was originally intended to be. Instead of bragging
about "Mercedes that you haven't even drove yet" or
how many female dancers you can crowd into a video while saying
"Money ain't a thing," Common drops a heavy dose of
true-to-life reality that reaches into personal issues ranging
from dealing with abortion from a male perspective to coping with
having your place broken into. Teaming with Chicago's finest is
Mista Sinista on the wheels of steel proving what has become his
reputation as one of the most talented DJ's in hip-hop.
From the opening
"Introspective," you realize how Common is going to
take you into a view of his life with no pressures from a corporate
producer interfering with the honesty. The albumn jumps into clever
jumps of samples on "Invocation" to give you a bit for
your palette to know what is yet to come.
on in, Common relies on guests and cuts of influences to express
ideas that only they could do best. Vocal exerpts from figures
such as Louis Farrakhan and Malcolm X enforce the sobering reality
that Common professes. Track four of "Retrospect for Life"
takes the listener into the mental struggle of a male dealing
with the possibility of abortion to resolve problems while Lauryn
Hill serenades the beats and provides the opposite viewpoint in
an incredible duo. De La Soul drops in for a session of old school
beats while Mista Sinista puts on a clinic on the tables in "Gettin'
Down at the Amphitheater." "G.O.D." jumps into
Common's mind once again for a team with Cee-Lo of Goodie Mob
to explore how his thoughts on religion compare with what we are
told all of our life and searching for an inner happiness. The
albumn moves into segments of incredible live instrument improvisation;
a flavor not tasted often in today's music.
takes a bite compared to the preceeding mellow beats on track
eleven which begins the blunt illustration of having your home
broken into. Tracks eleven through fourteen use a harsh, break-beat
style to paint the frustration and confusion of the situation.
These are a powerful, yet haunting reminder of urban life's fragility
of trust in some instances. You'll pump your fist by the time
retribution comes in track fourteen with a Q-Tip feature. Common
doesn't let you leave without hearing the soul rhythms of "Reminding
Me" which will guarantee to get you head swinging. An interlude
by his father seals the albumn and brings you back to earth.
is one of the most unrecognized hip-hop albumn available today.
From the array of guest artists, to the refreshing perspective
of reality which hip-hop was based upon, to the insightful use
of sample and scratch by Mista Sinista, it is hard to recall another
deep reaching albumn in recent memory.
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