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Universal Mind Control

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3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

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listen10. Everywhere [feat. Martina Topley Bird] [Explicit] 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 

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With his multi-Grammy Award winning music career, continued work in film and television, and multiple written works, Common has emerged as one of Hollywood's most sought after leading men.

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  • Audio CD (December 9, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,755 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Explicit Version. Grammy Award winning artist Common returns with his unique brand of cutting edge Hip Hop on his 8th album Universal Mind Control. The 2008 album on the G.O.O.D. Music /Geffen label is executive produced by multi-platinum producers The Neptunes & Kanye West and features the Neptunes on the bulk of the production. The lead single, 'Universal Mind Control' is a club hit and a radio add for Urban & Rhythmic Crossover. Common has been an actor on the big screen for the last two years in critically acclaimned films, Wanted, American Gangster & Smoking Aces, plus a co-starring role in the 2009 blockbuster Terminator 4.

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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sell Out December 10, 2008
Format:Audio CD
This album is wack. Common is a poet, a great lyrists. One of my favorite MCs of all time and last I'd expect to sell out. This album goes against everything he is good at. He tries to make club hits on this album. His single entitled "Universal Mind Control" feat Pharell is annoying..he says he "stays fresh like hes wrapped in plastic" and continues by saying how hes "fresh and gettin paid". only song I can enjoy is "Make My Day" feat Cee-Lo. This song is 1 of 3 not produced by the Neptunes. On the "Annoucement" feat Pharell he calls hip hop his bitch. What ever happened to "I Used to Love H.E.R"? Sorry Common, but after this album I kinda wish you just stuck to acting. For true hip-hop heads go cop "The Pre-face" by Elzhi or "Tronic" by Black Milk.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I Have It But Trust Me I Did Not Spend My Money December 21, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Those are definitely words I thought I would never say about Common Sense who is one of the greatest to ever do it. But man oh man, I guess when you've been around this long that you'll have one or two of these misses. This is not the first time he's done the short track list deal but "BE" was not like this. Universal Mind Control has some heavy songs on here and a couple of my favs being "Punch Drunk Love" and "Make My Day". Now here's where the problems come in and I'm sure plenty of others have said this. Half this album is as weak as the Detroit Lions season this year and the other half is on a much much higher level.

The production with the corny tracks start you off in a bad mood and you don't even want to listen to the song after that. "Changes" doesn't even really sound like a Common track, honestly a few of em don't. Then of course you got the hot "Universal Mind Control" which was a nice first release and "What A World" is pretty good also. Lyrically the album is not one of his strongest. Common almost seems to be loosing himself a bit over the past year or two.

Really I got this album for "Universal Mind Control" and "Punch Drunk Love", there were more mediocre and bad tracks on here than I've ever heard from the man that was thought to have more sense than any rapper in the game. So get it if you want the few songs but my advice is find a way to get it without paying full price.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Stuck in a Creative Rut December 9, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I never thought I'd say that an album from one of the best emcees in the history of Hip-Hop is only worth buying for the production. That's something you say about the latest rapper of the week, backed by big budget producers, pushed on image by label execs, not expected to matter after one or two albums. I listened to this album on repeat just to be sure, even though it basically smacked me in the face on the first listen. The only reason to buy this is for the inspired Neptunes production. Shades of Bambaataa, techno/electro overtures, some interesting synth sounding work, that's what is interesting here.

What is completely boring, trite, hackneyed, uninspired, and a thousand other similar descriptors, is Common's performance. It's not entirely surprising, Finding Forever struck me as uninspired as well, it was "safe" Common, paint by numbers style. Throw in some cliched black pride, boasting of emcee skills, some sex, pop references, big budget beats, mix and serve. Here it's much of the same, just throw in more sex, talked about without the vulgarity of much pop-rap out there, but with the same unoriginal and shallow attitude. There are shades of the old Common here, on songs like "Changes", but even then it's more of the paint by number throwback style of Finding Forever, than the inspired work of "G.O.D.", "The 6th Sense", etc.

Too be clear, as I can already foresee the claims about naysayers of this album trying to keep Common trapped in a box, it is not the change I have a problem with. I was a fan of Electric Circus, and if anyone finds this interesting, but hasn't heard that album, pick it up immediately. This is not Electric Circus, there's no creative force and inspiration behind what Common is doing, no interesting writing or styles of delivery.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
WACK ISH on this album. Common comes with a fairly short album of ten tracks. Stand out tracks that i immediately go to are PUNCH DRUNK LOVE, ANNOUNCEMENT, and GLADIATOR. The songs I absolutely hate are MAKE MY DAY, EVERYWHERE, SEX 4 SUGAR, and CHANGES. Common got a little too experimental again on this one similar to how he got on Electric circus. So with me the album is 50/50. Half dope, half experimental/WACK. Half the beats/songs are dope, the other half are weird and WACK. Its really gonna come down to how experimental you are in your taste of music if you will accept the weird half of this album. if you are looking for the effort of the last two Common albums in this album, you will be disappointed.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different doesn't always mean bad December 9, 2008
Format:MP3 Music
It's true. Universal Mind Control doesn't represent the soulful, jazzy and lyrically deep Common that his fans enjoy. Initially, I was very disappointed.

Despite this, Common was very clear that UMC wasn't going to be that album. It was meant to be a 'just for kicks', screwy, summer-fun sort of album.

If you keep the intent of the album in mind, you'll realize that the sort of tracks on the album are very fitting. It's an interesting sound. Not the eclectic, neo-soul jazz sound of Like Water for Chocolate, but it was never supposed to be.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Common, why!?
Don't get me wrong, I love Common. Few albums have moved me the way Resurrection and One Day It'll All Make Sense has, but UMC is dreadful. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Hip-Hop Fiend
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Underrate Common Album But One of My Favorites
I'm a person who likes all types of music; from rap to rock to hip hop to jazz, I like everything. Common is one of my favorite hip hop artists so I have tons of appreciation for... Read more
Published 22 months ago by ladydrell83
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a Prime Example of Common, but Still Worth a Listen
I've loved Common since high school. One morning while I was getting ready to go catch my bus, the video for "The Sixth Sense" came on TV and I fell in love with it. Read more
Published on February 17, 2012 by MDT
1.0 out of 5 stars One too many...
I will put as much effort into this review as Common put into this album. As stated by other reviewers, he has sold out. Read more
Published on October 2, 2010 by TrEE
5.0 out of 5 stars Common outdone himself!
UMC is probably the best album common has made so far.. in my opinion this was probably one of the best albums I have heard .. Read more
Published on May 14, 2010 by SKat1
3.0 out of 5 stars Common goes to the clubs
In 2008, Common released "Universal Mind Control" which, by all accounts, is a dance record. The album features production done mostly by The Neptunes, who are no strangers to... Read more
Published on March 30, 2010 by Perverted Alchemist
2.0 out of 5 stars 2-1/2 stars -- I understand what he was trying to do, but...
Common is my favorite rapper, so I was excited a year or so ago when I heard he was going to make his latest appearance on Leno. Read more
Published on January 8, 2010 by Anthony Rupert
5.0 out of 5 stars Universal Mind Cnotrol
Common has gone for a much more commercial sound to his new album, and it works. It has fantastic beats thanks to the man Pharrell, and lyrically, Common is no Lupe Fiasco but he... Read more
Published on September 27, 2009 by A. Campbell
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 Stars! Easily Common's worst - but not that bad!
Okay, so I bought this when it dropped for a low low price since this was the promotion they were running and for the price I paid it was worth the money. Read more
Published on September 16, 2009 by SRP
1.0 out of 5 stars 1 of his worst albums!
1 of his his worst albums since that Circus crap he put out, all the hype that was surrounding this release, wow what a disappointment, I'm still a real fan of his, but this is... Read more
Published on July 5, 2009 by B. Hines
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OK....the four of you are just coming off as stupid to me. First of all he didn't sell out , he just decided to take this album in a different direction. Although his lyrics aren't nearly as thought-provoking as his other albums, he said A LONG TIME AGO that he intended it to be like this. As Far... Read More
Dec 7, 2008 by J. Gibson |  See all 15 posts
Short CDS - New Common, Avant, Beyonce - 40 minutes a piece
I have to disagree, Latif (I love your last name). I am more inclined to buy a 12 song album with five good tracks rather than an 18 track album with five good tracks any day. Too much filler is a real turn off and it's common practice with artists today. Could it be that some artists don't... Read More
Dec 29, 2008 by RLSTOKEY |  See all 2 posts
Looks like the film work is interfering with his music! Be the first to reply
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