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Electric Circus is the fifth studio album by rapper Common, released December 10, 2002 on the now-defunct MCA Records. The album was highly anticipated and praised by many critics for its ambitious vision. However, it was not as commercially successful as his previous album, Like Water for Chocolate, selling under 300,000 copies. An eclectic album, Electric Circus featured fusions of several genres such as hip hop, pop, rock, electronic, and neo soul. This was Common's second and last album… read more



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  • To Pimp a Butterfly is a perfected version of this.
  • Might be my favorite Common album.
  • Electric Circus was designed as a sort of musical (and to a lesser extent, social) history "then and now"; a launching pad for hip-hop to veer off into any and every direction - from the Daisy Age to alt rap's "second wave" and beyond. Speakerboxxx / The Love Below received a lot of the plaudits that Electric Circus was cruelly denied... By emancipating himself from some of hip-hop's most tired platitudes and constraints and boldly diving into the centre of indie rock and neo-soul's rising crests, Common set himself up for a reaction of general indifference - as if he was betraying rap music rather than pushing it forward. It's weird to think that some people from the hip-hop community slated Electric Circus and branded Common a lofty, holier than thou-type of character as a result of EC. Look at the love Frank Ocean is getting nowadays. Time was unfair on Common...
  • man…
  • What a masterpiece. [3] My favorite Common Album!!!
  • Although, "Like Water For Chocolate" was the album where I really became hip to Common, this was the album that really made me a fan. It blows my mind that some people hate this album.
  • most creative album by common
  • What a masterpiece. [2] My favorite honestly
  • This album is Common's Pinkerton
  • My favourite, it was like a bolt from the blue hearing it for the first time back in the day.

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