Label: MCA Records Worst Song: "Jimi Was A Rock Star" f/ Erykah Badu
FAILED EXPERIMENTHARDCORE FAILOUT OF STEP
It was recently revealed that after Common's debut album Can I Borrow A Dollar? sold a mere 2,000 copies, Com actually considered quitting rap altogether. Thankfully, he didn't quit and instead went on to make his masterpiece Resurrection and the excellent One Day It'll All Make Sense and Like Water For Chocolate. But he threw away all of his momentum with his fifth album, Electric Circus.
There are a lot of words you could use to describe Electric Circus. Ambitious, brave, adventurous, and risky are just a few that come to mind. But there's one word that most definitely doesn't come to mind: Good. We're not sure if Common just got tired of conventional rap or if he spent too much time kicking it with Erykah Badu, but an album that features multiple production efforts from ?uestlove, J Dilla, and The Neptunes should not sound like this. It just shouldn't. To make matters worse, this album was released only a month after The Roots had dropped Phrenology which was a bolder, fully realized vision of what experimental hip-hop could be.