Common's "The Food" (2005)
Producer: Kanye West
Label: G.O.O.D. Music/Geffen
Remember when you first heard Common and Kanye premiere “The Food” on the second season of The Chappelle Show? Internet bulletin boards and forums were going apeshit over the record, which successfully brought Common and Chicago’s savior, Kanye West, together for a second time. In fact, it was the first time an mp3 was ripped from a TV show and circulated on file-sharing sites.
The song wasn’t a traditional Com and Kan collabo, though. Com kicked his typical South Side lit, while Ye instead hosted hook duties and sung his contribution—reminiscent of Nas on “Street Dreams.” The record was soothing and soulful, so no one seemed to notice that Kanye wasn’t rapping. However, it did give us hints that Kanye had aspirations to be a singer too, something he later explored on 808s & Heartbreak.