33. Common Sense "Soul by the Pound" (1992)
Producer: Immenslope (No I.D.)
Album: Can I Borrow a Dollar?
After Common was featured in The Source's "Unsigned Hype" column, Relativity Records quickly snatched up the budding Chicago talent and released his debut album, Can I Borrow a Dollar? Over production from childhood friends Immenslope (later known as No ID) and Twilite Tone, Com's early style was much more sing-songy and (ahem) "high-pitched" than what we hear nowadays. This joint in particular was a fun record, chock-full of punchlines and pop-culture references.â€”Andrew Barber