Studio album by Common


May 24, 2005


June 2004 - February 2005


Sony Music Studios
(New York City)
Encore Studios
(Burbank, CA)
Pay Jay
(Clinton Township, MI)


Hip hop, Midwest hip hop, Jazz rap, Conscious hip hop




GOOD Music / Geffen


J Dilla, Kanye West (exec.), Common (co-exec.), Derek Dudley (co-exec.), James Poyser, Karriem Riggins

Common chronology


Electric Circus (2002)


Finding Forever (2007)

Be is the sixth studio album by American rapper from Chicago Common, released in May 24, 2005 on GOOD Music and Geffen Records. Primarily produced by Kanye West with contributions by J Dilla, it was regarded as Common's comeback album after the commercially unsuccessful Electric CircusBe debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 album chart with 185,000 copies sold in its first week. It is Common's second album to sell over 500,000 copies, having since sold 800,000 copies, and was certified Gold by the RIAA. Be was also a critical success, receiving general praise and accolades from several critics and music publications.

Track listing[edit | edit source]

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Time
1. "Be (Intro)" Common Lynn, West Kanye West 2:24
2. "The Corner" Common, The Last Poets Hassan, Lynn, Oyewole, West Kanye West 3:45
3. "Go!" Common Lynn, Mayer, West Kanye West 3:44
4. "Faithful" Common Lynn, West Kanye West 3:33
5. "Testify" Common Lynn, West Kanye West 2:36
6. "Love Is..." Common Lynn, Yancey J Dilla 4:10
7. "Chi-City" Common Lynn, West Kanye West 3:27
8. "The Food (Live)" Common, Kanye West Lynn, West Kanye West 3:36
9. "Real People" Common Lynn, West Kanye West 2:48
10. "They Say" Common, Kanye West, John Legend Lynn, Stephens, West Kanye West 3:57
11. "It's Your World (Part 1 & 2)" Common, Pops Lynn, Lynn, Poyser, Riggins, Yancey J Dilla 8:33


  • Track 1 features keyboards performed by James Poyser and acoustic bass performed by Derrick Hodge
  • Track 3 features scratches by DJ A-Trak and percussion performed by Num Amuntehu
  • Track 4 features keyboards performed by James Poyser
  • Track 6 features instruments performed by James Poyser
  • Track 7 features scratches performed by DJ A-Trak and DJ Dummy
  • Track 8 features scratches performed by DJ Dummy
  • Track 11 features keyboards performed by Kanye West, keyboards and strings performed by James Poyser and percussion performed by Karriem Riggins.

Samples[edit | edit source]

Be (Intro)

  • "Mother Nature" by Albert Jones

The Corner

  • "What It Is?" by The Temptations
  • "You Make the Sun Shine" by The Temprees


  • "Old Smokey" by Linda Lewis


  • "Faithful to the End" by D.J. Rogers


  • "Innocent 'Til Proven Guilty" by Honey Cone

Love Is...

  • "God Is Love" by Marvin Gaye


  • "Since I Found My Baby" by Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
  • "Upon This Rock" by Joe Farrell

The Food

  • "Nothing Can Change This Love" by Otis Redding

Real People

  • "Sweet Children" by Caesar Frazier

They Say

  • "Ghetto Child" by Ahmad Jamal
  • "Papa "T" by Stanley Turrentine

It's Your World (Part 1 & 2)

  • "Share What You Got, Keep What You Need" by The Modulations
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