Common ‎– Be

Geffen Records ‎– B0004670-02, Getting Out Our Dreams ‎– B0004670-02
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1 Be (Intro)
Acoustic Bass – Derrick HodgeKeyboards – James Poyser
2 The Corner
Backing Vocals – Kanye WestFeaturing – The Last Poets
3 Go!
Backing Vocals – John Mayer, Kanye WestPercussion – Num Amuntehu*Scratches – DJ A-Trak*
4 Faithful
Backing Vocals – Bilal, John LegendKeyboards – James Poyser
5 Testify
6 Love Is...
Backing Vocals – Luna EInstruments – James Poyser
7 Chi-City
Backing Vocals – Kanye WestScratches – DJ A-Trak*, DJ Dummy
8 The Food (Live)
Backing Vocals – Kanye WestScratches – DJ DummyVocals [Intro] – Dave Chappelle
9 Real People
10 They Say
Rap [Featuring] – Kanye WestVocals [Featuring] – John Legend
11 It's Your World (Part 1 & 2)
Backing Vocals – BilalCo-producer – James Poyser, Karriem RigginsKeyboards [Additional] – Kanye WestKeyboards, Strings – James PoyserPercussion, Drums – Karriem Riggins

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Mastered at Sterling Sound, New York, NY.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 6 02498 81862 6
  • Matrix / Runout: (B000467002R1SP) B05D3014A

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
988 249-7 Common Be(CD, Album) Geffen Records 988 249-7 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
260 060-4 Common Be(CD, Album) Universal Music Russia 260 060-4 Russia 2005 Sell This Version
FPBCD 483 Common Be(CD, Album) Geffen Records FPBCD 483 South Africa 2005 Sell This Version
060075346355 Common Be(2xLP, Album, RE, 180) Getting Out Our Dreams, Geffen Records, Universal Music Group International 060075346355 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
988 249-8 Common Be(CD, Album + DVD + Dlx, S/Edition) Geffen Records, Getting Out Our Dreams 988 249-8 UK 2005 Sell This Version


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August 17, 2007
edited over 10 years ago
Common has come back from the dark to revive true hip hop with this instant classic, Be. Common has enlisted the great production skills of fellow Chicago producer, Kanye West and J Dilla as well. Although only 11 tracks on the album, the production from Kanye West and J Dilla is flawless. Common comes with great lyricism that works hand in hand with the flawless production. Common tells stories of struggles in everyday life, and his passion to bring real hip hop into perspective. He has got back on the right track and is ever more focused to revive the real hip hop.


April 6, 2006
edited over 11 years ago

One on the albums that got me back into Common and hip hop in general. This is the best hip hop album of 2005 and one of Common's best. I really was into the old Common stuff such as Like Water For Chocolate, but when Electric Circus was released, I was beginning to think Common was headed in the direction that other artists like the Black Eyed Peas were heading. After hearing Be, I realized that he was back on the right track. Curious to see his direction in the future.


July 31, 2005
edited over 12 years ago
With fellow Chi-Towner Kanye West behind the boards, Common
returns with his sixth and perhaps best effort to date, Be.
Like a train ride through the ‘hood, the concise, 11-track
opus steamrolls through the images, stories, and emotions of urban folks getting by any way they know how. Overflowing with passion, honesty, and optimism, Be gets to the root of human experience-all the while staying beautifully soulful and funky.