Common – The Light

31 May

Great song.

“The Light” was produced by J. Dilla, a producer and artist out of Detroit, who passed away in 2006.  He sampled  “Open Your Eyes” by Bobby Caldwell for the vocals and he sampled the drums  from “You’re Getting a Little too Smart” by The Detroit Emeralds.


The song was nominated for a Grammy, which in the world of Hip-Hop is not always an indication that the song is good, but in this instance – the Grammy committee certainly got it right.

I was watching Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly debate Common’s artistic merits a couple of weeks ago.  The debate occurred on O’Reilly’s turf, FoxNews, and centered around whether Common should be allowed to go to the White House due to some of his comments and his overall resume as a musician.  That debate reminded me of “The Light” and Common’s impressive catalogue of music.




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