Like Water for Chocolate

Release date
28 Mar 2000
Running length
16 tracks
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1 Time Travelin' (A Tribute to Fela) 6:38 26,759
2 Heat 3:41 72,155
3 Cold Blooded 4:59 47,018
4 Dooinit 3:38 73,689
5 The Light 4:22 301,927
6 Funky for You 5:56 76,476
7 The Questions 4:09 48,127
8 Time Travelin' Reprise 1:33 28,816
9 The 6th Sense 5:19 166,878
10 A Film Called (PIMP) 6:06 38,134
11 Nag Champa (Afrodisiac For The World) 5:11 45,187
12 Thelonius 4:42 42,515
13 Payback Is a Grandmother 4:31 47,477
14 Geto Heaven Part Two 5:02 20,394
15 A Song for Assata 6:49 32,026
16 Pops Rap III....All My Children 5:09 3,180

About this album

Like Water for Chocolate is the fourth studio album by American hip hop rapper Common, released March 28, 2000 on MCA Records. It was a considerable critical and commercial breakthrough for Common, receiving generally favorable reviews from major magazine publications and selling 70,000 copies in its first week. The album was certified Gold on August 11, 2000 by the Recording Industry Association of America. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the album has sold 748,000 copies by March 2005. The video for “The Light” was frequently shown on MTV, adding to Common’s exposure. The album also formally marked the formation of the Soulquarians, a collective composed of ?uestlove (of The Roots), Jay Dee (formerly of Slum Village), keyboardist James Poyser, soul artist D’Angelo and bassist Pino Palladino, among numerous other collaborators. This group of musicians would also be featured on Common’s next album, Electric Circus.

The album’s cover photo, 1956 Alabama by Gordon Parks, is a photo of a young black woman in Alabama, dressed for church, and drinking from a “Colored Only” drinking fountain.

The title Like Water for Chocolate comes from the 1989 Laura Esquivel novel Like Water for Chocolate, which was adapted into a movie in 1992.[8][9] The phrase “Like water for chocolate” is of Spanish origin (translated, como agua para chocolate). In many Latin American countries, hot chocolate is made with water rather than milk. The phrase refers to someone who has reached their boiling point, like water ready to be used to make chocolate. In an interview with Combustible the Poet, Common compared the main character, Tita de la Garza’s passion for food with his passion for music:

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