Celebrating Common: 20 years of verified explanations, pt. 1

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COMMON is now verified on Rap Genius!

We kicked off the 20th anniversary of COMMON’s first album, Can I Borrow A Dollar?, back on October 6th, with a feature on Vibe.com of 20 great lines from his repertoire. But you can’t stop there when we’re talking about TWO DECADES of true hip hop classics that just so happen to live on Rap Genius.

That’s why we’re celebrating CIBAD? — and the many incredible tracks that came after his debut album — with a verified Rap Genius account for the man himself, COMMON!

Each week, leading up to the release of his next mixtape: It All Makes Sense: COMMON in Retrospect, RG will share a few brilliant breakdowns straight from the Chicago lyricist himself.

Without further delay, here are the first three explanations:

From “A Penny for My Thoughts”:
“Say say say, what you want, but you’ll pay the con-se-quences/ Cause Mister Common Sense is …”

From “Take it EZ”:
“Now what’s your name? Common…"
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“Wild, tried to live how I had to fluctuate
To a state, and matriculate,”