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Can I Borrow A Dollar?

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  • Audio CD (June 8, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: October 6, 1992
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B000003BW0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,866 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Memoirs Of A Skirt Chasing B-Boy (4 Stars) March 5, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Many won't remember Common's first LP mainly because it wasn't heavily promoted. I bought the album after seeing the video for "Take It EZ" on The Box back in 1992 (that song and video are super tight). With production handled by Immenslope and Twilite Tone (The Beatnuts produce one track), a young Common (known as Common Sense at the time) rips track after track with a unique style and a charisma that wasn't really present in the hardcore climate of rap music at the time. Can I Borrow A Dollar wasn't exactly a landmark debut, but it was good enough to turn some heads. He wouldn't fully hit his stride until his second LP Ressurection (now THAT was a landmark LP). This album mostly revolves around hittin' skins, guzzling 40 oz's, and kicking flavor.

If I had to find a flaw in the album, it would have to be a lack of subject matter. "Heidi Hoe", "Puppy Chow", and "Tricks Up My Sleeve" (along with a few others) are all about hittin' skins and "Two Scoops Of Raisins" is skippable, but those songs have dope beats that will make you listen anyway (well, I know I did). Another problem I had was the fact that some of the singles released were remixes that were very hard to come by. The remixes for "Soul By The Pound" and "Breaker 1/9" are definitely tighter than the originals contained on the LP, but my complaints about the album are pretty minor.

This album shows a young, confident, and talented Common Sense kicking flavor. There's no filler, no fluff, and no b.s. There's just an ill MC getting busy over tight beats. Rap music from today could really use a return to the music of this era because raw skills have been replaced by marketability and it's truly saddening.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite different than the current Common July 25, 1999
Format:Audio CD
From Usigned Hype winner to underground superstar, Common has changed quite a bit since this debut album. This album shows a more vocally animated Common using any and every clever metaphor to put a new slant on the ever popular style of battle rhyming. As you listen to his vocal and lyrical trickery, you can't help but see how much fun Common seems to be having while rhyming. While most of the album deals with destroying weak emcees's, the overall vibe is upbeat and happy. The downside is that Common's lyrics never surpass battling wack emcee's and dogging out women (on numerous mysognistic tracks like "Heidi Hoe" and "Puppy Chow") for the whole album. While the laid back, dusty jazz beats hold him musically, if the production is weak on a track, Common's freshman subject matter becomes more evident. On the upside, while his subjects are redundant, his lyrics are always unique. Some may be turned off by some of the over-sampled beats that Common's producers have included, such as Isley Brother's "Between The Sheets" and "For The Love Of You". Still, this is a good debut for Common, and it definatley shows a great deal of growth on his part from then til now. Don't expect any deep songs like "Retrospect For Life" or "G.O.D.", and you won't be disappointed.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's No Resurrection, But It's Still Solid. February 14, 2000
By Paul H.
Format:Audio CD
Common's first album Can I Borrow A Dollar? may surprise those who are looking for some of Common's mature/insightful lyrics. Instead, Common offers up some humorous lines and songs that are just meant not to be taken seriously. Tracks such as "Breaker 1/9" show Common's humorous side while "Take It EZ" and "Penny For My Thoughts" have Common displaying his amazing lyrical skills. The production is mostly solid (especially the Beatnuts' beat for "Heidi Hoe"), but it still can't compare to the jazzy and diverse beats used on Resurrection. Some may also find it disappointing that "Soul By The Pound" isn't in its famous remix form, although the original is still very good. If you are looking for something just to sit back and nod your head to, Can I Borrow A Dollar? might be what you are looking for.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic! Hip-hop at it's finest. January 21, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I remember the first time I heard this album. It's was 1992 and I was 15 years old. Being a hip-hop fan, I remember being impressed with Common's flow and delivery. The production was also very tight. Although new school hip-hop fans might not agree - being fed the "hip-POP" that radio play now a days. Anyway, this album is in my "top 10 hip-hop albums of the 90's" list. Common's second release "Resurrection" is in there as well. If you don't own this, pick up a copy. I highly Recommend it!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars don't compare February 3, 2001
Format:Audio CD
If you compare this to ressurection or any other common album's than your selling it short. He comes basically with pure humor and funky beats, like you've already seen from other reviews he doesn't get real deep on this album but it's still mad tight. This is an album that just makes you feel good when you listen to it. I like ressurection better, but ressurection is one of my top five albums of all time. If you love common, and you don't mind that he just made a fun album then get it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what hip hop should be April 14, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
to me this album is exactly what hip-hop should be! You can just tell that when common made this he was having fun and didnt care about what anyone else thought which is how it should be. as a rapper bring what you bring to rap not what rap brings to you as so many rappers do today. absolutely genuine album one of my all time favorites
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a CD
It's a CD ........ as long as the CD is not scratced and/or not damaged, I am satisfied with it. It is an older CD, so I already know the songs on it.
Published 3 months ago by Ronald Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars illest Common album.
This album is so fun to listen to its full of neck breaking cardboard spinning beats and the lyrics is all clever wordplay.
Published 10 months ago by Areteebags91
3.0 out of 5 stars Room for improvement
I met this album by chance, i got and ipod with this, and lot of common's albums...i actually like I Used To Love H.E.R. Read more
Published on August 17, 2011 by M. C. Jorgensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't talk if you don't understand...
My take on this album is you HAVE to have been a true hip-hop head to understand how groundbreaking this album was when it first came out! Read more
Published on August 6, 2009 by C. Browne
4.0 out of 5 stars ""EZ...EZ Like Sunday Morn'" (Rating: 9 out of 10- -4.5 stars)
This is Common (Sense)'s first LP "Can I Borrow A Dollar". I really didn't pick this up until about a month ago. Read more
Published on August 8, 2007 by Chandler
4.0 out of 5 stars Com's above average debut...........
Common's flow on here is somewhere between Q-Tip, Busta & Charlie Brown's of LONS. It's hard to tell on here if Common is repping NY or his hometown of Chicago. Read more
Published on December 29, 2006 by The Specialist
5.0 out of 5 stars First Common
Common is one of the best rappers hands down. I think this CD is good but "Like Water for Chocolate" is sicker. Read more
Published on May 26, 2006 by Mike S.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I Liked Common when his syles was like it was on this album.
He has more explicive lyrics than be. But on Resurection
He had a totaly different style. Read more
Published on October 21, 2005 by G.Henry
5.0 out of 5 stars Common Classic
Just recently bought this album and it's a classic. Common's not as polished as his later days, but it's still an amazing album and should be in every hip-hop fan's collection.
Published on July 3, 2005 by John
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are just getting into Common check this album out!
I really, really, really liked Common Sense in 1992. "Take It Easy" was like my theme song during my senior year of high school, and being from Chicago I was really glad to see a... Read more
Published on June 5, 2005 by Dorrie Wheeler
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