Common ‘Resurrection’ 25th Anniversary

Release date: 4th October 1994

Label: Relativity

Producers: No I.D, Ynot

Profile (courtesy of Wikipedia):

“Resurrection is the second studio album by American rapper Common, then known as Common Sense, released on October 4, 1994 by Relativity Records. It was almost entirely produced by No I.D., who also produced most of Common’s 1992 debut Can I Borrow A Dollar?. The album received critical acclaim, but not a significant amount of mainstream attention. Originally, it was rated 3.5 mics in The Source. However, in 1998, it was selected as one of The Source’s 100 Best Rap Albums .

The album is divided into two sections; the “East Side of Stony” (tracks 1-7) and “West Side of Stony” (tracks 8-15). Stony Island Avenue is a street that runs through the South Side of Chicago, where Common was raised. The closing track, “Pop’s Rap” was the first of a series of tracks featuring spoken word and poetry by Common’s father, Lonnie “Pops” Lynn, which Common has used to close several of his albums since. Interlaced throughout the album are short interludes which form a loose narrative concerning day-to-day life on the South Side.”

Additional info:

- Listen to Chris Read’s 25th Anniversary Mixtape.

- The album comes in at #6 on Ego Trip’s Top 25 Rap Albums of 1994.

- The single ‘I Used to Love H.E.R’ comes in at #7 on Ego Trip’s Top 40 Rap Singles of 1994.

- The tracks ‘I Used to Love H.E.R’ and ‘Resurrection’ appears on our Classic Material 1994 Mixtape.

- Common talks to Ebro on Beats1: Interview

- Listen to samples used in the making of the album on WhoSampled.

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