Chicago's veteran rapper Common has released his 12th studio album called Let Love on August 30th, 2019 under the labels Loma Vista Recordings and Concord Records. The former GOOD Music rapper has accomplished a lot in his hip-hop career such as opening up for N.W.A. and Big Daddy Kane to releasing his debut album Can I Borrow a Dollar in 1992. He survived and went bar for bar against west coast legend Ice Cube when he and Westside Connection (Mack 10, WC and Ice Cube) decided to go at Common for his song I Used to Love H.E.R. from his second album Ressurection, and for those who know Common, he is a smooth and calm dude but he did not back down from Cube with the retaliation song The Bitch in Yoo in 1996. Around 1999, he went and teamed up with soul and alternative hip-hop artists such as Q-Tip, J. Dilla, Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli, Mos Def and more to create The Soulquerians, and after his last album with label MCA Records, Common joined Kanye West's GOOD Music label in 2004. He left GOOD Music in 2011 and went on to do his own personal work such as appearing in numerous movies, writing books and poems, being a strong activist and philanthropist, as well being a pescatarian. Common's resume not only as a rapper but as a whole person, is really enormous with an academy award, an African-American Film award, 4 BET Awards, 3 Grammy awards and so much more. His new album Let Love features guests such as Swizz Beatz, Daniel Caesar, BJ The Chicago Kid, Jill Scott and more. After I was done listening to the 11 songs album, it was like I saw a more loving Common than before, and he was always a loving brother, so let's go over this album track by track.----------------------------------------------
The album starts with the song "Good Morning Love featuring Samora Pinderhughes". In the song, Common raps about believing and loving the Lord no matter what the circumstances because he knows the Lord has his back, and he also raps about the beautiful things that life has to offer. "HER Love featuring Daniel Caesar" which is produced by the late "J. Dilla", is the third song in Common's career where he raps about his love affair with hip-hop. The first two songs were "I Used to Love H.E.R. in 1994" and "The Next Chapter (Still Love H.E.R.) in 2013." This time Common took the opportunity to big up the new generation of rappers while reminding us about the legends hip-hop are still here for the love of hip-hop. Then we have an interlude called "Dwele's Interlude" by an artist named "Dwele".
The following song is called "Hercules” featuring Swizz Beatz and what a good collaboration between the two artists, as Swizzie brings in his ad-libs and singing on the chorus, while Common raps at his best with a sick flow. Then we have the song "Fifth Story” featuring Leikeli47, and the story-telling from Common is a crazy story. Common is rapping about a lady who comes home late from work to her husband and she suspects him of cheating. Common used a lot of good metaphors in the song and if you want to know how the story ends, just listen to the song, it's worth it, Common had me listening to the song like I was watching an episode of Power. The song also has an alternative ending instrumental for 45 seconds. The song "Forever Your Love” featuring BJ The Chicago Kid.
On the second half of the album, we have the song "Leaders (Crib Love)” featuring A-Trak and then we have the song "Memories of Home” featuring BJ The Chicago Kid and Samora Pinderhughes, Common raps about his memories of growing up in Chicago. "Show Me That You Love Me” featuring Jill Scott and Samora Pinderhughes" is a beautiful song where Common raps about his relationship with his daughter. He used his poetry and rapping skills to rap this poem dedicated to his daughter, and the song ends with a 3 minutes instrumental. Then we have "My Fancy Free Future Love" where Common raps on a joyful instrumental, about all the experiences he had in different relationships with women. He now understands how to correctly love a woman and he promises his newfound love partner that he will treat her like a Queen and that their love would be for a lifetime. The album finishes with the song "God is Love featuring Leon Bridges and Jonathan McReynolds" and Common took this opportunity to express his love to God and how grateful he is to him.
We all know that Common raps like a poet and he did not hesitate to go all-in with his poetry skills alongside his rappings skills on Let Love. I loved the way how he used a lot of metaphors in this album because he did it uniquely like no other rapper does. Even though he did not use famous features on his album except for Jill Scott and BJ The Chicago Kid, Common made me feel like I was in a poetry lounge the whole time I was listening to the album. It's not your typical hip-hop bumping type of album, but if you're into the deep soul and grown man music, you should give Common's new album a listen.