Like Water for Chocolate (album)

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Like Water for Chocolate
Studio album by Common
Released March 28, 2000
Recorded 1999–2000
Electric Lady Studios
(New York, New York)
Studio A
(Dearborn Heights, Michigan)
Genre Hip hop, Alternative hip hop, Conscious hip hop
Length 77:51
Label MCA/Universal Records
111 970
Producer Questlove (exec.), Jay Dee, James Poyser, DJ Premier, D'Angelo, Karriem Riggins
Common chronology
One Day It'll All Make Sense
(1997)
Like Water for Chocolate
(2000)
Electric Circus
(2002)
Singles from Like Water for Chocolate
  1. "The 6th Sense"
    Released: February 15, 2000
  2. "The Light"
    Released: July 18, 2000
  3. "Geto Heaven Remix T.S.O.I. (The Sound of Illadelph)"
    Released: April 16, 2001

Like Water for Chocolate is the fourth studio album by American hip hop rapper Common, released March 28, 2000 on MCA Records. It was a considerable critical and commercial breakthrough for Common, receiving generally favorable reviews from major magazine publications and selling 70,000 copies in its first week.[1] The album was certified Gold on August 11, 2000 by the Recording Industry Association of America.[2] According to Nielsen SoundScan, the album has sold 748,000 copies by March 2005.[3] The video for "The Light" was frequently shown on MTV, adding to Common's exposure. The album also formally marked the formation of the Soulquarians, a collective composed of ?uestlove (of The Roots), Jay Dee (formerly of Slum Village), keyboardist James Poyser, soul artist D'Angelo and bassist Pino Palladino, among numerous other collaborators. This group of musicians would also be featured on Common's next album, Electric Circus.

The album's cover photo, 1956 Alabama by Gordon Parks, is a photo of a young black woman in Alabama, dressed for church, and drinking from a "Colored Only" drinking fountain.[4][5]

Conception[edit]

Background[edit]

Following 1997's One Day It'll All Make Sense, Common moved to New York City where he began collaborating with the Soulquarians at Electric Lady Studios. It was there that Ahmir Thompson (?uestlove) who oversaw the album's production, introduced Common to D'Angelo. Thompson had been doing a great deal of producing there with several members of the Soulquarians, including D'Angelo. The track "Geto Heaven Part Two" was originally supposed to be a track on D'Angelo's 2000 album Voodoo, but was traded for "Chicken Grease," a track which Common had intended to include on Like Water for Chocolate.[6][7] Questlove on "Chicken Grease":

By mid '99 the Soulquarians were in full swing (D, Me, Jay Dee, James Poyser) and we were working on Common's Like Water for Chocolate when we came up with this lethal jam. It was so good that D pulled me to the side and said 'I ain't no indian giver....but I ain't lettin Com walk off with this song..' He called me 3 times that morning begging to ask Com for that track. Com agreed, and we named it 'Chicken Grease' after a phrase that Prince uses when he wants his guitarist to play a 9th minor chord while playing 16th notes.[7]

—?uestlove

Title significance[edit]

The title Like Water for Chocolate comes from the 1989 Laura Esquivel novel Like Water for Chocolate, which was adapted into a movie in 1992.[8][9] The phrase "Like water for chocolate" is of Spanish origin (translated, como agua para chocolate). In many Latin American countries, hot chocolate is made with water rather than milk. The phrase refers to someone who has reached their boiling point, like water ready to be used to make chocolate. In an interview with Combustible the Poet, Common compared the main character, Tita de la Garza's passion for food with his passion for music:

Actually the album is named after a movie of the same title. In the movie the main character was a really good cook. She would always be cooking for people. Whenever she would cook, she would really put a lot of emotion into it. So when people would eat her cooking, they were able to feel the same emotions she felt while cooking it. You feel me? So this is the same thing. I put all my heart, my mind and my rawness into these tracks. So I hope that people can feel that when they listen to the album.[10]

Another popular interpretation of the album title ties in the phrase with the image on the cover of the album. Using the word 'chocolate' to symbolise people of dark skin color and the words 'like water' to describe the racially provocative concept of providing drinking water of exactly the same likeness for two different races alludes to the famous image and the themes of race that are found within the lyrical content of the album.

Music[edit]

Like Water for Chocolate is notable for its afrocentric themes. It borrows from the Afrobeat genre on the track "Time Travelin' (A Tribute To Fela)", the Tony Allen-sampling "Heat" and the Slum Village-assisted "Nag Champa (Afrodisiac For The World)". MC Lyte and Mos Def join Common for the amusing "A Film Called (Pimp)" and "The Questions," respectively. In the former, Common sends up his own "conscious" image with a skit depicting him as a hypocritical woman-beater.

Like Common's previous two albums, Like Water for Chocolate closes with spoken word recited by Common's father Lonnie "Pops" Lynn. A slightly altered version of the album was released after its success on the charts, with the Macy Gray-assisted "Geto Heaven Remix T.S.O.I. (The Sound of Illadelph)" replacing the original.

As of 2011, the musical interludes on tracks such as "A Film Called Pimp" and "Time Travelling" have been removed from all online versions of the album, possibly due to unconfirmed sample-clearing issues.[11]

Lyrical content[edit]

Like previous albums from Common, the subject matter discussed in Like Water for Chocolate is of a socially conscious nature. Typically, conscious hip hop's greatest following is underground, and conscious hip hop artists do not achieve great mainstream success.[7][12] Yet despite being Common's first commercially successful album, Like Water for Chocolate maintains the same level of concern and social responsibility that had previously been seen in Common's first three albums. The album contains significant afrocentric elements which are particularly evident on "Time Travelin' (A Tribute to Fela)" and "Time Travelin' (Reprise)." Both tracks discuss the ills of modern society and are a tribute to Fela Kuti, a pioneer of Afrobeat music and a prominent human rights activist, with "Time Travelin' (Reprise) featuring Kuti's son, Femi Kuti. Track 2, "Heat" samples Tony Allen, Fela Kuti's one-time fellow band member and co-founder of the Afrobeat genre.

Also unique are "Payback is a Grandmother" and "A Song for Assata." "Payback is a Grandmother" is a continuation of the series of "Stolen Moment" songs that appeared on One Day It'll All Make Sense, whereby Common weaves a fictional tale in which he pursues a thief (on this occasion the thugs who have robbed his grandmother). Amidst the intricate caper, the song emphasizes the importance of family values. As Common says in the song's intro "I don't know what was on y'all niggaz birds to go up to the boat - and start robbin old folks". The song ends in a skit involving police officers at the scene of a crime where, breaking out of character, one of the officers can be heard saying "the skit definitely needs more added to it... Someone get Prince Paul on the phone please" - the last remark being a recognition of Prince Paul's reputation as a pioneer of the album skit.

"A Song for Assata" chronicles the arrest, trial, incarceration and Cuban political asylum of Assata Shakur (a member of the Black Panther Party, after whom Common named his daughter, Omoye Assata Lynn). The spoken word piece at the end of the track is a quote from Assata Shakur. During the album's creation, Common traveled to Havana, Cuba where he met and talked with Shakur.[5] The excerpt used details Shakur's thoughts on what freedom is and what it means to be free.[5] As she notes:

I know a whole more about what freedom isn't
Than about what it is, cause I've never been free.
I can only share my vision with you of the future, about what freedom is.

Working as both a battle song and self-reflection, the sensuous "Nag Champa (Afrodisiac for the World)" sees Common proclaiming himself "The Earth, Wind, and Fire of hip hop" while admitting "By Rakim and Short I been inspired" - a comment which compounds the two very contrasting rap artists. Common goes on to note:

The mind is funny, how it's spent on gettin' it [money]
I'm sittin wit descendants of Abraham
Who say the jam is "Money, Cash, Hoes"

"Nag Champa" is one of a few rare occurrences in which Common's frequent collaborator, producer J Dilla takes on the role of singer. Common later explained:

When I was working on Like Water for Chocolate I would go to Detroit like two to three times a month. When we would go to Jay Dee's basement we would always burn nag champa incense, that's where I got that title from. I was listening to Slum Village a lot, so I was influenced by them. With "Nag Champa," which was either the first or the second song for Like Water for Chocolate, we had it for a long time with no chorus. We kept trying but there wasn't nothing good coming out. I took T3 and them to the studio to work with me on the chorus; T3 started chanting something, he didn't finish, but he had a little idea. Jay Dee heard and started really singing it and got it together. Jay had an incredible voice-he actually was going to do a singing album. We used to talk about that when he would stay in LA.[13]

—Common

Production[edit]

Although Questlove was the album's executive producer, a large deal of the production work was handled by Jay Dee of Slum Village and The Ummah. Common and Jay Dee both hailed from the Great Lakes region (Jay Dee from Detroit and Common from Chicago) and were good friends. The track "Thelonius" was even placed on both Like Water for Chocolate and Slum Village's 2000 release Fantastic, Vol. 2.

Common also wanted to work with DJ Premier, citing Gang Starr as one of his favorite groups to listen to. In an interview with New Jeru Poet, Common described his motivation to work with DJ Premier:

Like you said, being that he is one of the most respected producers, I really loved his music throughout the time. Gang Starr has always been one of my favorite groups. I've always wanted to work with him. It was time. I connected with him and seen him in a couple of places. I told him that I wanted to work with him. It took a little time to get up with him but eventually, we got up. That was the last song I recorded for 'Like Water For Chocolate'. We released 'Dooinit' first and then the single and video for 'The 6th Sense'. Then, we followed it up with 'The Light'.[14]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[15]
Robert Christgau A−[16]
Entertainment Weekly B[17]
LA Weekly (favorable)[18]
NME (8/10)[19]
Pitchfork Media (8.7/10)[20]
PopMatters (favorable)[21][22]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[23][24]
The Source 4/5 stars[25]
Yahoo! Music (favorable)[26]

Like Water For Chocolate received positive reviews from music critics such as Rolling Stone's Kris Ex, who called Common "A hip-hop MC willing to actually examine himself through his art." [23] Spin gave it a rating of 8/10 calling it "His most aggressive and powerful record yet."[25] The Wire called it his "best album", and Mojo chimed in with "most user-friendly contribution so far to the wave of 'conscious' rap." Q also gave it a score of three out of five and called it "wholemeal hip hop: chewy and a wee bit bland but nutritious all the same." [25] NME called him a "great storyteller" who is "Equal parts philosopher and documentarian."[19] RapReviews gave it a score of 9.5 out of 10 and said it "never really slows down past the halfway point. Even the guest appearance of Slum Village on "Theolonious" can't cool Common's hotness off. From "Payback is a Grandmother" all the way to the finale "Pop's Rap III" you'll find your ears have been smothered in a sweet darkness that Dove has never been able to wrap in foil and sell for ninety-nine cents. You may in fact be coming down off a hip-hop sugar high. Not to worry - just hit random play and any track on this album will give you another fix." [27]

However, Slant Magazine gave it two-and-a-half stars out of five and said it " certainly attempts to make change (musically and socially), but part of my disappointment comes from the high expectations that naturally arise when an artist tries to break from the norm. It has so much potential and good intention that it's a shame it couldn't have been taken to the next step [...] Despite the album's flaws, artists like Common need to exist if boundaries are going to be broken down. But maybe if there were more hip-hop artists like him, the burden wouldn't be placed solely on one rapper's shoulders."[28]

In 2004, PopMatters' Marc Lamont Hill named the album his personal favorite, writing:

To me, a favorite album isn't necessarily the best album in the collection. A favorite album is the one that you wrap yourself in when you're feeling happy, sad, angry, lonely, or nostalgic. A favorite album is the one that you feel personally connected to in ways that are difficult to explain. For me, that album is Common's Like Water For Chocolate.[22]

—Marc Lamont Hill

The music online magazine Pitchfork Media placed Like Water for Chocolate at number 169 on their list of top 200 albums of the 2000s.[29]

The album's hit single, "The Light" received a 2001 Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Solo Performance.[citation needed]

Accolades[edit]

Information is taken from AcclaimedMusic.net.[30]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Addicted to Noise USA Albums of the Year 2000 #19
Aftenposten Norway Albums of the Year 2000 #33
Amazon.com USA Albums of the Year 2000 #61
Barnes & Noble.com USA Albums of the Year 2000 #54
BigO Singapore Albums of the Year 2000 #4
Dagsavisen Norway Albums of the Year 2000 #13
Ink Blot Magazine USA Albums of the Year 2000 #3
Iguana Spain Albums of the Year 2000 #24
Intro Germany Albums of the Year 2000 #2
Les Inrockuptibles France Albums of the Year 2000 #21
Sean Mattson UK Albums of the Year 2000 #1
Musik Express/Sounds Germany Albums of 2000 2001 #28
Muzik Magazine UK Albums of the Year 2000 #10
Natt & Dag Norway Albums of the Year 2000
Nöjesguiden Sweden Albums of the Year 2000 #2
Trax[disambiguation needed] France Albums of the Year 2000 #62
OOR Netherlands Albums of the Year 2000 #45
Rock de Lux Spain Albums of the Year 2000 #6
Spex Germany Albums of the Year 2000 #9
The Village Voice USA 2000 Pazz & Jop Poll 2000 #24
Wall of Sound USA Albums of the Year 2000 #17
Zundfunk Germany Albums of the Year 2000 #6

Later albums[edit]

Following the success of LWFC, Common continued collaborating with the Soulquarians for his next album, Electric Circus. It featured the Soulquarians more prominently than Like Water for Chocolate, but was not nearly as successful because of its more eclectic vision, and relatively poor promotion from MCA Records. Electric Circus was considered a commercial disappointment, selling just over 200,000 copies, whereas its predecessor sold over twice as many.[31]

Track listing[edit]

Track listing and production credits are taken from the album's liner notes.

Original release[edit]

# Title Time Performer(s) Songwriters Producer(s) Notes
1 "Time Travelin' (A Tribute to Fela)" 6:37 Common,
Vinia Mojica,
Roy Hargrove,
Femi Kuti
Lonnie Lynn,
Michael Archer,
Ahmir Thompson,
James Poyser,
James Yancey
D'Angelo,
Questlove,
James Poyser,
Jay Dee
2 "Heat" 3:41 Common Lonnie Lynn Jay Dee
  • Contains sample from "Asiko" as performed by Tony Allen
  • Received rare promo-only video treatment
3 "Cold Blooded" 4:58 Common,
Roy Hargrove
Lonnie Lynn,
Ahmir Thompson,
Michael Archer,
Rahzel Brown,
Tariq Trotter,
Kelo Saunders
D'Angelo,
Questlove,
Kelo,
The Roots
  • Contains sample from "Funkin' For Fun" as performed by George Clinton
4 "Dooinit" 3:37 Common Lonnie Lynn,
James Yancey
Jay Dee
  • Contains a sample of "Give It To Me Baby" as performed by Rick James
  • Contains vocal samples of "Car Horn", a non-album single, performed by Common scratched through the chorus.
5 "The Light" 4:21 Common Lonnie Lynn,
James Yancey,
Bobby Caldwell,
Norman Harris,
Bruce Malament
Jay Dee
  • Contains sample from "Open Your Eyes" as performed by Bobby Caldwell
  • Contains sample from "You're Getting A Little Too Smart" (Drums) by The Detroit Emeralds
6 "Funky for You" 5:55 Common,
Bilal,
Jill Scott
Lonnie Lynn,
James Yancey,
James Poyser,
Bilal Oliver
Jay Dee,
James Poyser
7 "The Questions" 4:09 Common,
Mos Def
Lonnie Lynn,
James Yancey,
James Poyser,
Dante Smith
Jay Dee,
James Poyser
8 "Time Travelin' Reprise" 1:33 Interlude Lonnie Lynn,
Michael Archer,
Ahmir Thompson,
James Poyser,
James Yancey
D'Angelo,
Questlove,
James Poyser,
Jay Dee
9 "The 6th Sense" 5:19 Common,
Bilal
Lonnie Lynn,
Bilal Oliver,
C. Martin,
Kejuan Muchita,
Albert Johnson
DJ Premier
  • Contains sample from "Allustrious" as performed by Mobb Deep
  • Contains sample from "Memories Are Here to Stay" as performed by The Intruders
10 "A Film Called (Pimp)" 6:05 Common,
Bilal,
MC Lyte
Lonnie Lynn,
James Yancey,
Bilal Oliver
Jay Dee
  • Contains sample of "Brazilian Skies" originally performed by Bill Summers
11 "Nag Champa (Afrodisiac for the World)" 5:10 Common Lonnie Lynn
James Yancey
Jay Dee
12 "Thelonius" 4:41 Common,
Slum Village
Lonnie Lynn,
James Yancey,
Titus Glover,
R.L. Altman III
Jay Dee
  • Contains sample from "Vulcan Mind Probe" as performed by George Duke
13 "Payback Is a Grandmother" 4:30 Common Lonnie Lynn,
James Yancey,
James Brown,
Fred Neslay,
John Starks
Jay Dee
  • Contains sample from "The Payback" as performed by James Brown
14 "Geto Heaven Part Two" 5:18 Common,
D'Angelo
Lonnie Lynn,
Michael Archer,
Ahmir Thompson,
James Poyser,
Peter Lord,
Sandra S. Victor,
Vernon Smith
D'Angelo,
Questlove,
James Poyser
  • Contains replayed elements from "Ghetto Heaven" as performed by The Family Stand
15 "A Song for Assata" 6:48 Common,
Cee-Lo Green
Lonnie Lynn,
James Poyser,
Thomas Burton
James Poyser
16 "Pop's Rap III... All My Children" 5:09 Lonnie "Pops" Lynn Lonnie Lynn Sr.,
Erykah Badu,
A. Scott,
Karriem Riggins,
Fela Kuti
Karriem Riggins
  • Contains sample from "Next Lifetime" as performed by Erykah Badu
  • Contains sample from "Water No Get Enemy" as performed by Fela Kuti

Alternate version[edit]

# Title Time Performer(s) Songwriters Producer(s) Notes
1 "Time Travelin' (A Tribute to Fela)" 6:37 Common,
Vinia Mojica,
Roy Hargrove,
Femi Kuti
Lonnie Lynn,
Michael Archer,
Ahmir Thompson,
James Poyser,
James Yancey
D'Angelo,
Questlove,
James Poyser,
Jay Dee
2 "Heat" 3:41 Common Lonnie Lynn Jay Dee
  • Contains a sample from "Asiko" as performed by Tony Allen
3 "Cold Blooded" 4:58 Common,
Rahzel,
Roy Hargrove,
Black Thought
Lonnie Lynn,
Ahmir Thompson,
Michael Archer,
Rahzel Brown,
Tariq Trotter,
Kelo Saunders
D'Angelo,
Questlove,
Kelo,
The Roots
  • Contains sample from "Funkin' For Fun" as performed by George Clinton
4 "Dooinit" 3:37 Common Lonnie Lynn,
James Yancey
Jay Dee
  • Contains a sample of "Give It To Me Baby" as performed by Rick James
  • Contains vocal samples of "Car Horn", a non-album single, performed by Common scratched through the chorus.
5 "The Light" 4:21 Common Lonnie Lynn,
James Yancey,
Bobby Caldwell,
Norman Harris,
Bruce Malament
Jay Dee
  • Contains sample from "Open Your Eyes" as performed by Bobby Caldwell
  • Contains sample from "You're Getting A Little Too Smart" (Drums) by The Detroit Emeralds
6 "Funky for You" 5:55 Common,
Bilal,
Jill Scott
Lonnie Lynn,
James Yancey,
James Poyser,
Bilal Oliver
Jay Dee,
James Poyser
7 "The Questions" 4:09 Common,
Mos Def
Lonnie Lynn,
James Yancey,
James Poyser,
Dante Smith
Jay Dee,
James Poyser
8 "Time Travelin' Reprise" 1:33 Common Lonnie Lynn,
Michael Archer,
Ahmir Thompson,
James Poyser,
James Yancey
D'Angelo,
Questlove,
James Poyser,
Jay Dee
9 "The 6th Sense" 5:19 Common,
Bilal
Lonnie Lynn,
Bilal Oliver,
C. Martin,
Kejuan Muchita,
Albert Johnson
DJ Premier
  • Contains sample from "Allustrious" as performed by Mobb Deep
  • Contains sample from "Memories Are Here to Stay" as performed by The Intruders
10 "A Film Called (Pimp)" 6:05 Common,
Bilal,
MC Lyte
Lonnie Lynn,
James Yancey,
Bilal Oliver
Jay Dee
11 "Nag Champa (Afrodisiac For The World)" 5:10 Common Lonnie Lynn,
James Yancey
Jay Dee
12 "Thelonius" 4:41 Common,
Slum Village
Lonnie Lynn,
James Yancey,
Titus Glover,
R.L. Altman III
Jay Dee
13 "Payback Is a Grandmother" 4:30 Common Lonnie Lynn,
James Yancey,
James Brown,
Fred Neslay,
John Starks
Jay Dee
  • Contains sample from "The Payback" as performed by James Brown
14 "Geto Heaven Remix T.S.O.I. (The Sound of Illadelph)" 5:08 Common,
Macy Gray
Lonnie Lynn,
Ahmir Thompson,
James Poyser
Questlove,
James Poyser
15 "A Song for Assata" 6:48 Common,
Cee-Lo
Lonnie Lynn,
James Poyser,
Thomas Burton
James Poyser
16 "Pop's Rap III... All My Children" 5:09 Lonnie "Pops" Lynn Lonnie Lynn Sr.,
Erykah Badu,
A. Scott,
Karriem Riggins
Karriem Riggins
  • Contains sample from "Water No Get Enemy" as performed by Fela Kuti
  • Contains sample from "Next Lifetime" as performed by Erykah Badu

Chart history[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Album Chart positions
The Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
2000 Like Water for Chocolate #16 #5

Singles[edit]

Year Song Chart positions
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles Rhythmic Top 40
2000 "The Light" #44 #12 #13 #21
2000 "The 6th Sense" #87 #14
2001 "Geto Heaven, Part 2" #61

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