Kick-ass Intro

Most of the time album’s intros are pathetic, but Common’s “Be,” the opening track to his fine album with the same name, is not one of them. The chord-progression joint kicks off with a dope-ass pizzicato bass; the electronic keyboard licks in; the big beat drops; Common’s raucous voice joins in: “I want to be as free as the spirits of those who left / I’m talking Malcom, Coltrane, my man Yusef.” Mad props to Kenya West for his blazing production. They should have created the full song out of it.

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