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Go! Common Classics (Geffen)

Arguably the handsomest, nicest rapper, Common could breathe fire back in the day. Only one example of those origins is included here: “The Bitch in Yoo,” a 1996 upbraiding of Ice Cube, when Common was Common Sense. The last five albums are represented, plus a duet with Erykah Badu, “Love of My Life.” A recent highlight is “Drivin’ Me Wild” with Lily Allen, a blizzard of references concluding “Love is not a mystery, it’s everything.” But just one track from the luminous Like Water for Chocolate?! Fans are bound to find fault with the selection. Newbies will be schooled well.
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