Release date
24 May 2005
Running length
11 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Be (Intro) 2:24 74,848
2 The Corner 3:45 84,618
3 GO! 3:45 130,572
4 Faithful 3:33 77,286
5 Testify 2:37 190,925
6 Love Is... 4:11 52,295
7 Chi-City 3:27 44,139
8 The Food 3:37 48,462
9 Real People 2:48 127,350
10 They Say 3:57 44,484
11 It's Your World (Part 1 & 2 (Edited)) 8:36 38

About this album

For years, Common has struggled with the mantle of Rapper You’re Most Likely to Take Home to Your Mama. He’s so genuinely positive that when he rhymes about bitches, he’s sometimes actually referring to female dogs (“Reality’s a bitch/And I heard that she bites”). When Common is on, he’s a fearless MC who can rhyme about anything from abortion (1997’s “Retrospect for Life”) to the sorry state of hip-hop (1994’s “I Used to Love H.E.R.”) and still make your head nod. When he’s off, he’s dull and heavy-handed. All of this has won him both admiration and a smirk from Jay-Z, who once said that “truthfully, I wanna rhyme like Common” but who also said that he wanted to sell some records.
Common may be able to do both, finally, with his sixth and best disc, Be. The not-so-secret weapon here is Kanye West, who produced nine of the tracks and appears on four. West is the producer Common has been waiting for all of his career: He makes Common both catchier and edgier at the same time. The straight-ahead hip-hop songs — “The Corner,” “The Food” — are the hardest-rocking tracks of Common’s career. On the ballad “Faithful,” the rapper pledges fidelity to both his lady and his maker without descending into corn, as singers John Legend and Bilal reach for gospel heights. “They Say” is the triumphant battle track: As Legend sings the satiny hook, Common and Kanye celebrate a hip-hop world that has finally come to them. Let’s hope it stays here.

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  • Viktor247

    the production is out of this world. hat's off to kanye

    7 Feb 10:10pm Reply
  • mlleblondeh

    Ye is a fucking genius on this album. [2]

    27 Oct 2013 Reply
  • cockbeer

    classic album... it brings back so many good memories

    21 Apr 2013 Reply
  • supatanman420

    revisiting this.. amazing

    15 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Dominicanbred

    when this album came out it was a good year. memories..

    8 Mar 2013 Reply
  • lewyy10

    Ye is a fucking genius on this album.

    1 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Finess101

    Best Common Album, Kanye should do all his production he has surpassed his mentor No I.D. Dream/Believer doesn't come close to this.

    30 Dec 2011 Reply
  • bass2heavy

    Be is a lot different from commons old and new work, unequivocally it stands out the most from his discography. This albums is my fav.

    25 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Isco91

    God-Tier production [2]. Beautifully produced with great lyricism, one of my favorite albums of all time.

    8 Nov 2011 Reply
  • darthsketch

    God-tier production.

    26 Oct 2011 Reply
  • J_are_z

    No it's not, you're just hatin'. Only Like Water For Chocolate makes this album pale in comparison, maybe Resurrection. Even then there's nothing wrong with this album.

    12 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Trautkidd

    its good, but compared to his previous albums its horrible.

    8 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Osh_Kosh

    This is a brilliant album. Top quality the whole way through.

    25 Apr 2011 Reply
  • mk741

    The production is amazing. [2] Common's lyricism is always pretty damn good.

    5 Mar 2011 Reply
  • sangsangsang

    be sounds good!

    2 Feb 2011 Reply
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    29 Oct 2010 Reply
  • CamilleW2Ls

    The production is amazing. Kanye & Dilla<3

    24 Oct 2010 Reply
  • blurevolu86

    just real!

    19 Oct 2010 Reply
  • alexis524

    intro is hot 2 def. great follow up to like water for chocolate. classic common

    13 Oct 2010 Reply
  • The-Gentleman

    I find this album prefect. Funny cause im not even a big Common fan or anything. [2]

    24 Sep 2010 Reply
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