Common’s most recent album “Let Love” is about embracing love in all it’s forms. The album features A-Trak, BJ the Chicago Kid, Daniel Caesar, Jill Scott, Jonathan McReynolds, Leikeli47, Leon Bridges, and Samora Pinderhughes as well as Swizz Beatz.
Producers on the album include Burniss Earl Travis II, Samora Pinderhughes, Karriem Riggins, and J Dilla. This is probably his most personal project to date. The 47 year old MC drops jewels about love of self as well as romantic and famililial love.
Good Morning Love
The first track is produced by Burniss Traviss, Kareem Riggins and Samora Pinderhughes. On “Good Morning Love” Common reflects on his mistakes and growth as a black man in America. The track itself is jazzy, serene and just emits good vibes. Common’s lyrics on this song successfully portray his positive feelings of hope and continued evolution.
The second track is produced by J Dilla and features Daniel Caesar. The production continues with the same vibe as the first track. A continuation of ” I Used To Love HER” , Common once again cleverly proclaims his love of hip hop. This time he celebrates the diversity in hip hop today:
You gave me a voice in the world
It’s been hard to choose another girl
They trip when you mumble
They trip when you sing
But you gave us a chance to dream
In Young Thugs you see a Future
You recognize Lil Uzi aint here to shoot ya
At 21 you knew I was savage
But you said Common you will never be average
It’s a Cole world, we need Jay
If you can dot com, you can dot K
You rock 2 Chainz keep your mind free
You see a Malcolm X in a YG
You told me I’m the Mane like Gucci
With a chance to rap and make movies
You gave Mills to the Meek
To inherit the earth
Before Me Too you said Ladies First
Things get Rocky you there ASAP
Rocky a verb you there to swerve
I want you to get the love you deserve….
This song features Swizz Beatz and is the first track on the album where Common actually flexes his skills. He’s no holds barred, so if you want that boom bap, skip to this one. You wont be dissapointed.
“Fifth Story” weaves an interesting tale of infidelity and features Leikelie47. Common showcases his storytelling skills on this one, and Leikelie47’s hook and verse takes the story to another level. I really like this track.
She like damn damn like Kendrick from Compton’
Wondering if her man on some Tristan Thompson
Is it reality or in her conscience
Thats wild if he did it in they apartment
The nerve of this nigga
She gon have to swerve on this nigga
Put the clothes on the curb for this nigga
He even changed his shirt cuz this nigga
Must be into something…
Forever Your Love
“Forever Your Love” features BJ the Chicago Kid and is basically a love letter to his mother. An album about love wouldn’t be complete without an Ode to mothers. This track is one of the more personal tracks on the project. Bj the Chicago Kid’s hook is the perfect complement to Common’s lyrics.
This 11 track project is the companion to his book Let Love Have the Last Word: A Memoir. The other tracks are Leader, Memories of Home, Show Me That You Love, My Fancy Free Future Love, and God is Love.
All in all, ‘Let Love’ is a solid project. It’s not one of his best, but it serves it’s purpose. I liken this project to Jayz’s 4:44. It’s less about flexing his skills and more about just speaking on where he is mentally and emotionally; something that’s been missing in hip hop. Kudos to Common for being brave enough to be vulnerable. Let’s continue to support this man.