Producer: J Dilla
Album: Like Water for Chocolate
Label: MCA Records

Recording during the Soulquarian sessions at Electric Lady Studios in New York, Jay Dee gave Com Sense the perfect soundscape to craft a hip-hop love song for the new millennium. Though the song was said to have been inspired by Erykah Badu, Common effortlessly rode that Bobby Caldwell sample all the way to the pop charts and into the hearts of thousands of adoring women—making Com a certified sex symbol.

At the turn of the century, Dilla had mastered his warm and fuzzy boom-bap style of production, and by the time the “The Light” hit he'd reached his peak. The next phase of Jay Dee's production style was more digital, but this was a welcome goodbye to that era, which also gave Common the biggest hit of his career.