Friday, January 19, 2007

Common Sense - Can I Borrow A Dollar?


Many won't remember Common's first LP mainly because it wasn't heavily promoted. I bought the album after seeing the video for "Take It EZ" on The Box back in 1992 (that song and video are super tight). With production handled by Immenslope and Twilite Tone (The Beatnuts produce one track), a young Common (known as Common Sense at the time) rips track after track with a unique style and a charisma that wasn't really present in the hardcore climate of rap music at the time. Can I Borrow A Dollar wasn't exactly a landmark debut, but it was good enough to turn some heads. He wouldn't fully hit his stride until his second LP Ressurection (now THAT was a landmark LP). This album mostly revolves around hittin' skins, guzzling 40 oz's, and kicking flavor. If I had to find a flaw in the album, it would have to be a lack of subject matter. "Heidi Hoe", "Puppy Chow", and "Tricks Up My Sleeve" (along with a few others) are all about hittin' skins and "Two Scoops Of Raisins" is skippable, but those songs have dope beats that will make you listen anyway (well, I know I did). Another problem I had was the fact that some of the singles released were remixes that were very hard to come by. The remixes for "Soul By The Pound" and "Breaker 1/9" are definitely tighter than the originals contained on the LP, but my complaints about the album are pretty minor. This album shows a young, confident, and talented Common Sense kicking flavor. There's no filler, no fluff, and no b.s. There's just an ill MC getting busy over tight beats. Rap music from today could really use a return to the music of this era because raw skills have been replaced by marketability and it's truly saddening. If you want a taste of what cats like me were listening to when we were young (I was 15 at the time), then cop this disc; you won't be dissapointed.

Common Sense - Can I Borrow a Dollar?
Common Sense Instrumental

1. A Penny For My Thoughts
2. Charms Alarm

3. Take It EZ
4. Heidi Hoe
5. Breaker 1/9

6. Two Scoops Of Raisins
7. No Defense
8. Blows To The Temple

9. Just In The Nick Of Rhyme
10. Tricks Up My Sleeve
11. Puppy Chow

12. Soul By The Pound
13. Pitchin' Pennies

6 Comments:

Anonymous qnzgrimiest said...

first off, welcome back, good to have you back, now to the album, i always thought resurrection was his first album but like you said this album wasn't heavily promoted, i don't know but anybody else but in some songs when his voice would go in a high pitch that shit to me is mad comical, like if he was goin through puberty, like on take it ez for example, the production on this album is dark, compared to his other release, i know i always talk about dark beats but i like dark beats because i always believe that they bring out the best in an artist, my favorite tracks are charms alarm, take it ez (when he starts rappin he has that high pitch voice that i was talking about earlier), heidi hoe (i love that beat by beatnuts, i love those type of jazz beats, and the what makes the track a so ill is the drums, he kind of o.d'd(overdid it for those who didn't know) this track is not recommendedto play around females), Just in the Nick of Rhyme (i love that sample, and i love when they do breaks, that hasn't been done in a while, the last rappers in hip hop that i heard do that was the wu tang clan in the song protect your neck (the jump off version on their 2000 album the w, but i can be wrong though),and finally Tricks Up My Sleeve (i love that sample i believe its snow creatures by quincy jones, i believe that cmw and common flipped that sample the best, and i heard that the girl rappin was his girl at the time), this album is definetely recommended for lovers of boom bap,and for those curious of how common sounded like back in the early 90's particularly in 1991-1992, and soul for the pound remix is one of my favorite remixes of all time, those drums are the shit, and i love the video too, the album version was kind of wack, for the lack of drums.

1:58 PM  
Blogger alley al said...

I'm as bad bad, as Leroy Brown Brown
Yo I'm a pro pro, but not a noun noun
If you got beef beef, then you'll get ground ground
Cut up in soul soul, by the pound pound

that was my shit!!

i dug this cd, but i really dug him on resurrection,
cuz he started to take on that native tongue aura..
i learned later on that it's cuz he was messin with no id,
then he moved to bk, and then on the 3rd album
the one with his ?grandma on the cover, was when
it was the official native tongue connect
with de la and l boogie and the roots..

9:28 PM  
Blogger Crooklyn said...

qnzgrimiest is the hip hop
GOD!!!!!!! great breakdown son....U are 1000% THE MAN!!!!!

10:18 PM  
Blogger Crooklyn said...

Alley al......u are also the hip hop savior!!!!

10:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nonononono, YOU!!

lol

7:05 PM  
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