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Common “Resurrection” Turns 20

Damn time flies! When people chat about albums that are timeless they always tend to mention album such as Illmatic and Enter The 36 Chambers – but often neglect the gem that was Resurrection. The sophomore release from Common (who was Common Sense at the time) was a work of art, no other way to describe it. Produced almost entirely by childhood friend NO I.D, a hyper example of pure hip-hop.

Among the track-listing, which include the title cut of the album, sits what is possibly the quintessential hip-hop song that any real head has in their playlist – I Used To Love H.E.R. They blazing track prophetically described the downfall of the golden era of hip-hop – and it still holds up today. It also sparked a bitter feud with Ice-Cube, which was eventually squashed by Louis Farrakhan.

From Resurrection Common, who dropped the “Sense” following a legal battle, went nowhere but up. He dropped numerous albums/songs/features that include hits like the Dilla-laced The Light, Come Close, So Far To Go and SO many more. Common recently sat with Revolt TV to talk about his classic second album. Watch that interview here.

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