Payback Is a Grandmother: I've most definitely heard this beat on a loop for a commercial, or some kind of interlude on MTV, or something like that - it's fresh. Dig the bass part in particular. Upsetting topic about a grandmother getting mugged, but of course Common does what Common does and portrays it eloquently. Interesting thing to write about, but definitely a relevant topic, so it's good to know that it's addressed in some light. Ending with a drive-by wasn't what I expected...but it has a nice lead up lyrically, so I can respect the message. May be a little long, but not anything crazy.
Geto Heaven, Pt. 2 (ft D'Angelo): Okay, the female vocalist isn't featured in the title, but I swear it's Macy Gray (and I just checked elsewhere, and I am correct). Interesting that she doesn't get the feature even though she's got a solid, and significant part in the song. Dig the more picked up beat on this one - I was getting a little tired, so I'm glad this one has a nice dance groove to it. The breakdown is fuckin sweet, really dig it. A little confused by the D'Angelo feature...maybe he's playing keys (?), because he most definitely is not singing on this one. Hmmm....that's disappointing. That feature got my hopes up.
A Song for Assata (ft Cee-Lo): Love the church feel on this groove, which I will mainly thank the organ for. Chillin beat with a nice, heavy back beat - I dig it. Cool to hear Cee-Lo (before he was supermegastar Cee-Lo) on this track - he's got such a soulful voice. Dig the slight vocal echo in the back - adds a nice weight to the vocals. Nice breakdown at the end. Solid track, but it's definitely long.
Pops Rap III... All My Children (ft Lonnie Lynn): Oh yay, pops rap! Common's got a couple of these tracks, featuring his father, and I think that is so sweet. He has such a soothing voice - no surprise Common takes after him. Sweet, jazzy groove to back him up. Listen and get some knowledge dropped.