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Instinct fuels Common during his pre-artistic makeover era. The most enjoyable tracks are the ones where Com lets his guard down and lets us peek inside his mind. "The Question" ponders the imponderable, in a way that Tribe Called Quest did on "What?" He exacts revenge on some stick-up kids on "Payback is a Grandmother." The finest moment is "The Sixth Sense," a collaboration with DJ Premier that has everything a hip-hop track should have: smart lyrics, sharp hook, plus beats and scratches. With Common flying by the seat of his impulses, Like Water For Chocolate serves as a reminder that he is a rapper first and social theorist second.
Surf, soul and rock n' roll combine on this, the soundtrack to 1994's Tarantino gem, Pulp Fiction. Available here on vinyl, 16 tracks (complete with dialogue interludes) span the likes of Dick Dale, Urge Overkill, Al Green and others.
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