“Raw”

Produced by: No I.D.

Complex says: Sirens and airhorns set the mood for this frenetic track, and Common responds with rhymes that are just as hard as the title suggests. Working with childhood friend, No I.D., appears to have liberated him to get back to his emcee essentials, without concern for conforming to anybody’s standard of “positivity.”

At one point in the song he confronts an imaginary hater who taunts, You Hollywood? “Nah nigga,” Com replies. “I’m Chicago.” Then he proceeds to crack dude’s head with a bottle—lyrically, of course.