Resurrection is the second album by American rapper Common (then known as Common Sense). Released in 1994 (see 1994 in music), the album received a great deal of critical acclaim, but not a significant amount of mainstream attention. Resurrection was entirely produced by No I.D. (who also produced the bulk of Can I Borrow A Dollar?), and Ynot. In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums.
Songs such as "Thisisme", are full of self-assessing raps that reflect the rapper's personal growth since 1992's Can I Borrow A Dollar?. Likewise the crasser moments found on that LP, such as a the misogynistic "Heidi Hoe" are greatly toned down for Resurrection, and replaced by thought-provoking narratives such as "Chapter 13 (Rich Man Vs. Poor Man)", and "I Used to Love H.E.R." - a song that re-imagines Hip hop as a formerly unadulterated woman, led astray after being enticed by secular elements of life. The use of a conflicted woman as an allegory for Hip hop allowed Common to covertly express his disdain at the music's turn towards gangsta rap inspired content, and what he saw as the resulting reorientation of rap artists.
Incidentally this song, which brought Common to the attention of fans and music critics alike, would also become the cause of a rift between the rapper and West Coast emcee Ice Cube, who took exception to the insinuation that the West Coast pioneered style of gangsta rap was detrimental to Hip hop - even going as far as to claim that Hip hop altogether "started in the West". Together with his Westside Connection compatriots, Cube hurled insults Common's way on the song "Westside Slaughterhouse" and throughout their album Bow Down, to which the rapper replied with the equally venomous "The Bitch in Yoo". In the aftermath of the murders of both Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G., the rivalry would be settled out of public view at a peacemaking function held by Louis Farrakhan at his home.
Common's style of delivery, speedy and somewhat erratic on Can I Borrow, is here smoother and more evenly paced. As before he occasionally ventures into a faux-singing mode, albeit less frequently (for example, he quotes the refrain of "Get Up, Stand Up" in "Book of Life"). Many of the songs hooks are provided by scratches and samples.
The sounds range from the upbeat ("Communism") to the downbeat (""Nuthin' To Do""), and from the smooth and sleek ("I Used to Love H.E.R."), to the rugged ("Sum Shit I Wrote"). Similar to other Hip hop productions of the time, the sources for many of the samples are from less obvious choices such as The New Apocalypse, and their cover of "Get Out Of My Life, Woman", which is used for the song "Watermelon".
In the Rolling Stone review Touré wrote of the album: "Resurrection belongs among the best recent hardcore albums: Illmatic, by Nas, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), by Wu-Tang Clan, and Ready to Die, by the Notorious B.I.G.". Despite the acclaim, the album sold poorly, barely charting inside of the Billboard 200 the Album sold 2,000 copies and was dropped from the billboard charts.
|2||"I Used to Love H.E.R."||4:39||Common||No I.D.|
|4||"Book of Life"||5:06||Common||No I.D.|
|5||"In My Own World (Check the Method)"||3:32||Common & No I.D.||No I.D.|
|6||"Another Wasted Nite With..."||1:02||Common|
|7||"Nuthin' to Do"||5:20||Common||No I.D.|
|9||"WMOE"||:24||Common & Mohammed Ali||No I.D.|
|11||"Orange Pineapple Juice"||3:28||Common||No I.D.|
|12||"Chapter 13 (Rich Man Vs. Poor Man)"||5:23||Common & Ynot||Ynot|
|14||"Sum Shit I Wrote"||4:31||Common||Ynot|
|15||"Pop's Rap"||3:22||Lonnie "Pops" Lynn||No I.D.|
|Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks||Hot Rap Singles||Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales|
|1994||"I Used to Love H.E.R."||#91||#31||#34|