Relevant Classics: Common – G.O.D. (Gaining One’s Definition) Feat Cee-Lo Green
From Common’s “classic” album One Day It’ll All Make Sense
Released three years after Resurrection changed the way that everybody looked at hip hop (okay, that was more “I Used To Love H.E.R.” than anything else on that project), One Day It’ll All Make Sense finds the artist formerly known as Common Sense struggling with a new sense of responsibility, directly attributed to his becoming a father during the recording process. (In fact, this album was originally scheduled to drop in 1996, but was pushed back a year so that Common could go on paternity leave.) The songs on the album waver back and forth between Lonnie Lynn, the working father who wants to provide for his children by providing pearls of wisdom gained from his life experience (this metaphor works if you pretend that we’re all Lonnie’s children, so just go with it, okay?), and Common, the young Chicago rapper who barely got started in the rap game and still wants to party like a motherfucker. In this respect, most of us can already relate to the dude: everyone struggles with adult responsibilities while wishing they could run away and goof off, which makes sense when you realize that Las Vegas is one of the world’s most visited vacation spots.