One Day It'll All Make Sense
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Studio album by Common


September 30, 1997


August 1995 - September 1996


Streeterville Studios
(Chicago, Il)
Chung King Studios
(Manhattan, New York)
Battery Studios
(New York City, New York)
The Hit Factory
(New York City, New York)
Patchwerk Recording Studios
(Atlanta, GA)
Mirror Image
(New York City, New York)


Hip hop, Conscious hip hop, Midwest hip hop, Hardcore hip hop






Common (exec.), Derek Dudley (exec.), Dug Infinite, No I.D., James Poyser, Karriem "Mad Rhythm" Riggins, The Roots, Spike Rebel, Ynot

One Day It'll All Make Sense is the third studio album by American rapper Common, released in September 30, 1997 on Relativity Records. It is the follow-up to his critically acclaimed album Resurrection and the last of his albums to feature producer No I.D. until his 2011 album The Dreamer/The Believer. It marks the first collaborations that Common would make with the Soulquarians collective, with whom he would associate himself for the next few years.

The album's recording was put on hold for up to a year as Common was becoming a father. After the birth of his daughter, Common returned to finish the album, albeit with a newer sense of responsibility, which he relates to his transformation from bachelor to father. He recorded "Retrospect for Life" with Lauryn Hill, which was a dedication to his daughter. The album's cover is a picture of an 8-year-old Common with his mother at an airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica in 1980.

Although One Day was better received by record buyers than the rapper's previous albums, it was criticised by some fans who were not favourable with the album's slightly more conventional production. Despite receieving generally favorable reviews, the album was a Billboard flop, only selling 250,000 copies. After the release of the album, Common would relocate to New York and begin working with the Soulquarians for his next studio album Like Water for Chocolate.

Track listing[edit | edit source]

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Time
1. "Introspective" - Lynn, Wilson No I.D. 1:36
2. "Invocation" Common Lynn, Wilson No I.D. 2:14
3. "Real N*!@# Quotes" Common Lynn, Thomas Dug Infinite 5:24
4. "Retrospect for Life" Common, Lauryn Hill Lynn, Poyser, Wilson, Wonder No I.D., James Poyser 6:23
5. "Gettin' Down at the Ampitheater" Common, De La Soul Jolicoeur, Lynn, Mercer, Wilson No I.D. 5:18
6. "Food for Funk" Common Lynn, Wilson No I.D. 4:09
7. "G.O.D. (Gaining One's Definition)" Common, Cee-Lo Burton, Lynn, Newhill, Wilson No I.D., Spike Rebel 4:47
8. "My City" Malik Yusef "The Wordsmith" Newhill, Yusef Spike Rebel 5:07
9. "Hungry" Common Lynn, Wilson No I.D. 2:33
10. "All Night Long" Common, Erykah Badu Lynn, Poyser, Thompson, Wright The Roots; Richard Nichols, James Poyser, Ahmir Thompson 7:35
11. "Stolen Moments Pt. I" Common Lynn, Wilson No I.D. 2:02
12. "Stolen Moments Pt. II" Common, Black Thought (Tariq) Lynn, Wilson No I.D. 2:57
13. "1'2 Many" Common Lynn, Thomas Dug Infinite 3:12
14. "Stolen Moments Pt. III" Common, Q-Tip Lynn, Wilson No I.D. 3:13
15. "Making a Name for Ourselves" Common, Canibus Lynn, Williams, Wilson No I.D. 4:53
16. "Reminding Me (Of Sef)" Common, Chantay Savage Craig, Lynn Ynot 4:55
17. "Pop's Rap Part 2/ Fatherhood" Lonnie "Pops" Lynn Lynn, Riggins Karriem "Mad Rhythm" Riggins 3:49
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