"Ghetto Dreams"

Rap-ignorant pundits should defame Common more often, if it'll result in songs like this. The Chicago native's latest knocks harder than anything on his last album, thanks to leering No I.D. production that samples pre-funk George Clinton (the Parliaments' "Let's Make It Last"). The song's around-the-way woman-worship ("Baby in one arm; the other is a skillet") echoes that of "Fried Chicken" by Nas, who raps somewhat reluctantly about "dimes" while touting his newly single status: "African queen —yo, look at me, I'm a bachelor!" Sean Hannity, get to misappropriating.

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From The Archives Issue 1136: August 4, 2011
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