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One Day It'll All Make Sense (Relativity)

By: Wes Eckmayer

In this age of McDonald's culture, most artists products come out as just that- products, a value meal of predetermined songs that doesn't vary from order to order. Efficient but not the least bit creative. I might be able to dance to a generic joint in a club after having few sips of Hennesy but I don't want to purchase that type ish. I want to know the artist to who I'm listening. Common's album gives you a total picture of him. He is an ill battle rhymer, a son, a son to be father, a hypocrite, a victim of crime, and mostly an average young man living in Chicago. All this being tempered with having above average of skill, and the slight difference this has given him on his view of the world.

On "1,2 Many Niggas.." Common humorously rhymes about the over abundance of people with no direction in their lives. "Being in my video, what's that gonna do for your life? Get you some pussy!?!" He asks of those who don't have there priorities straight. This exemplifies the stage of life Common is in. In "Retrospect of Life" Common's bears he soul about the abortion his girlfriend had. The production, which features the singing of Lauren Hill, is a little sappy. This song seems a little but mishandled. This probably one of the few missteps NO ID, producer of the majority of the album makes. This album is very solid musically. Other highlights are Stolen Moments 1-3, a saga about Commons house being broke into in which the thieves had the audacity to have a meal and smoke a blunt. It kinda flips the coin. Usually mcs boast of their criminal activities not being victims. The honesty is felt all over the album. "Gaining Ones Definition (G.O.D)" has Common and Cee-Lo of the Goodie Mob tackle their doubts about religion. "...Curiosity killed the catechism" rhymes Common. G.O.D. is in the vein of B.D.P.'s Build and Destroy, in that it attacks the notion that the devil is the white man, and calls for people to study religious books themselves to find themselves. But this album isn't solely about confessions, and the struggles of life. There are plenty of party joints and battle cuts. De La Soul guests on "Getting Down at he Amphitheater" a song that utilize an old school beat from Wild Style. On the battle tip, Cannabis offers "...punch in the chest and make your shoulders touch" on "Making a Name for ourselves". Common attacks Immature and other pop R&B acts on Real Nigga quotes.

All and all, this album has original beats and lyrics. It is more then just a product. "One Day" is a genuine look at Common's life. The album has flaws, but they just reflect Common's human imperfection.

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