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Universal Mind Control

1 rating: 2.0
An album by Common

Explicit Version. Grammy Award winning artist Common returns with his unique brand of cutting edge Hip Hop on his 8th album Universal Mind Control. The 2008 album on the G.O.O.D. Music /Geffen label is executive produced by multi-platinum producers The … see full wiki

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1 review about Universal Mind Control

I Have It But Trust Me I Did Not Spend My Money

  • Dec 21, 2008
Those are definitely words I thought I would never say about Common Sense who is one of the greatest to ever do it. But man oh man, I guess when you've been around this long that you'll have one or two of these misses. This is not the first time he's done the short track list deal but "BE" was not like this. Universal Mind Control has some heavy songs on here and a couple of my favs being "Punch Drunk Love" and "Make My Day". Now here's where the problems come in and I'm sure plenty of others have said this. Half this album is as weak as the Detroit Lions season this year and the other half is on a much much higher level.

The production with the corny tracks start you off in a bad mood and you don't even want to listen to the song after that. "Changes" doesn't even really sound like a Common track, honestly a few of em don't. Then of course you got the hot "Universal Mind Control" which was a nice first release and "What A World" is pretty good also. Lyrically the album is not one of his strongest. Common almost seems to be loosing himself a bit over the past year or two.

Really I got this album for "Universal Mind Control" and "Punch Drunk Love", there were more mediocre and bad tracks on here than I've ever heard from the man that was thought to have more sense than any rapper in the game. So get it if you want the few songs but my advice is find a way to get it without paying full price.

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November 19, 2010
Once again, my friend- I agree with you! I had high hopes for this album after the release of Universal Mind Control- which fast became one of my fave songs to jump start a cypher. This definitely isn't classic Common. Another great review, thanks!
November 19, 2010
lol thanks a lot and see here I was thinking I was to harsh because my aunts husband who goes just as deep in hip hop as me and probly deeper said that he liked it and thought it was misunderstood lol. Now I think the opposite, he just started listening to like you referred to him "Classic common" a lil bit ago. If you know the classic common you know that this is so not him and he was far from the conscious rapper that he is with this album. This was all about him and pharell trying to sell records which you cant blame him for cause common doesn't get the amount sold that he should. thanks again
November 19, 2010
You're welcome! My fiance likes the album too but, agrees that it isn't like the good ol' Common we love lol. Now, I do love some Pharrell- I'm not gonna lie but, you are completely right and they were just trying to sell some records. What does your uncle think of the "classic Common"?
November 20, 2010
lol I agree, pharrell is a great producer. He loves him but more so "Can I borrow a dollar" and "Resurrection" common. I agree tho cause I wasn't a huge fan of electric circus
November 20, 2010
Really? I didn't have a huge problem with Electric Circus (Come Close, The Hustle, and I Am Music are dope!) but, my fave Common album is easily Like Water for Chocolate with Resurrection being a VERY close second. What about you?
November 21, 2010
yea I agree so now I am wanting to give that another listen lol. Resurrection is definitely my favorite and one day it will all make sense was pretty live itself.
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Universal Mind Control
Label: Geffen Records
Artist: Common
Release Date: December 9, 2008

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