Hand picked records important to the history of Soul Strut.
Ranked #164 in the Soul Strut 200
Common's 1994 sophomore album is where he found his identity, transforming from a run of the mill voice cracking tongue twister to an introspective smooth flowing muse. His elevated, socially conscious subject matter crossed with the powerful Pete Rock-esque jazz beats of NO ID paired well with similar output from Nas and Biggie. It's safe to say that Illmatic and Ready to Die are bonafide classics and the same can be said for Resurrection (despite the fact it did not sell very well). Highlights includes his clever take on the state of hip hop "I Used To Love H.E.R.", his attack on American capitalism "Chapter 13 (Rich Man Vs. Poor Man)", and the poetically moving title track. Common would continue to grow and evolve, as a musician, actor, and activist and Resurrection is where it all began.