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Be
Be
Studio album by Common

Released

24 May 2005

Recorded

2004-2005 at Sony Music Studios in New York, Encore Studios in California, and Pay Jay in Michigan

Genre

Hip hop

Length

42:33

Label

GOOD, Geffen

Producer

J Dilla, Kanye West

Common chronology

Previous

Electric Circus (2002)

Next

Finding Forever (2007)

Be is the sixth studio album by American rapper Common, released in 2005 on GOOD Music and Geffen Records. Primarily produced by Kanye West with contributions by J Dilla, it was regarded as Common's comeback album after the commercially unsuccessful Electric CircusBe debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 album chart with 185,000 copies sold in its first week. It is Common's second album to sell over 500,000 copies, having since sold 800,000 copies, and was certified Gold by the RIAA. Be was also a critical success, receiving general praise and accolades from several critics and music publications.

Track listingEdit

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Time
1. "Be (Intro)" Common Lynn, West Kanye West 2:24
2. "The Corner" Common, The Last Poets Hassan, Lynn, Oyewole, West Kanye West 3:45
3. "Go!" Common Lynn, Mayer, West Kanye West 3:44
4. "Faithful" Common Lynn, West Kanye West 3:33
5. "Testify" Common Lynn, West Kanye West 2:36
6. "Love Is..." Common Lynn, Yancey J Dilla 4:10
7. "Chi-City" Common Lynn, West Kanye West 3:27
8. "The Food (Live)" Common, Kanye West Lynn, West Kanye West 3:36
9. "Real People" Common Lynn, West Kanye West 2:48
10. "They Say" Common, Kanye West, John Legend Lynn, Stephens, West Kanye West 3:57
11. "It's Your World (Part 1 & 2)" Common, Pops Lynn, Lynn, Poyser, Riggins, Yancey J Dilla 8:33

Notes

  • Track 1 features keyboards performed by James Poyser and acoustic bass performed by Derrick Hodge
  • Track 3 features scratches by DJ A-Trak and percussion performed by Num Amuntehu
  • Track 4 features keyboards performed by James Poyser
  • Track 6 features instruments performed by James Poyser
  • Track 7 features scratches performed by DJ A-Trak and DJ Dummy
  • Track 8 features scratches performed by DJ Dummy
  • Track 11 features keyboards performed by Kanye West, keyboards and strings performed by James Poyser and percussion performed by Karriem Riggins.

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