One Day It'll All Make Sense

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One Day It'll All Make Sense
Studio album by Common
Released September 30, 1997
Recorded 1995-1997
Genre Conscious hip hop, Chicago hip hop
Length 70:10
Label Relativity
Producer No I.D., Spike Rebel and Rob Carter, Karriem Riggins, Lauryn Hill, Ynot, Dug Infinite
Common chronology
Resurrection
(1994)
One Day It'll All Make Sense
(1997)
Like Water for Chocolate
(2000)
Singles from One Day It'll All Make Sense
  1. "Retrospect for Life"
    Released: July 29, 1997
  2. "Reminding Me (Of Sef)"
    Released: August 5, 1997
  3. "All Night Long"
    Released: January 25, 1998

One Day It'll All Make Sense is the third studio album by rapper Common, released on September 30, 1997 on Relativity Records. It was the follow-up to his critically acclaimed album Resurrection and the last Common album to feature producer No I.D. until Common's 2011 album The Dreamer/The Believer.

Songs and music[edit]

The album's recording was put on hold for up to a year as Common was busy becoming a father. After the birth of his child, Common returned to finish the album, albeit with a newer sense of responsibility, which he relates to his transformation from bachelor to father. He recorded "Retrospect For Life", with Lauryn Hill, as a dedication to his first child Omoye Assata Lynn. The song became the second single to be released from the album, and was accompanied by a video (directed by Lauryn Hill), as were "Invocation", "Hungry", and the album's first single "Reminding Me (Of Sef)" (a eulogy to a close, deceased friend of Common's). The album's cover is a picture of an 8 year old Common with his mother, Dr. Ann Hines, at an airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica in 1980.

The multi-talented Cee Lo Green, who at the time was still a member of Southern Hip hop group Goodie Mob, provides the vocals for the spiritual "G.O.D." (which stands for "Gaining One's Definition"). Rapper Canibus makes an early career appearance on the track "Making A Name For Ourselves", as do veterans De La Soul on "Gettin' Down At The Amphitheater". Other guests include Black Thought, and Q-Tip on "Stolen Moments" Parts "II" and "III" respectively, and Common's future love interest Erykah Badu, on "All Night Long", which was produced by The Roots. Chicagoan poet Malik Yusef, waxes lyrical about his hometown on "My City", and as usual Common's father Lonnie Lynn closes the album out with some words of wisdom on "Pop's Rap Part 2 / Fatherhood".

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]
City Pages (favorable)[3]
The Independent 4/5 stars[4]
RapReviews (7.5/10)[5]
Rhapsody (favorable)[6]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[7]
The Source 3.5/5 stars[8]
Spin (8/10)[8]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[9]

Although One Day... was better received by record buyers than the rapper's previous album, it was criticized by some longtime Common fans, mainly for its slightly more conventional production. Despite receiving generally favorable criticism, the album was a Billboard flop, like his previous album, Resurrection, which only sold 2,000 copies in its first week. One Day It'll All Make Sense only sold 250,000 copies. Some felt that producer No I.D.'s scaled down contribution was a factor in this. After the release of One Day..., Common would relocate to New York and begin working with the Soulquarians for his next studio effort, Like Water for Chocolate.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Length Performer(s) Songwriters Producer(s) Samples
1 "Introspective" 1:36 Common Lonnie Lynn
Ernest Wilson
No I.D.
2 "Invocation" 2:14 Common Lonnie Lynn
Ernest Wilson
No I.D.
  • Contains samples from "Jennifer" by Jimmy Ponder
3 "Real Nigga Quotes" 5:24 Common Lonnie Lynn
Doug Thomas
Dug Infinite
4 "Retrospect for Life" 6:23 Common
Lauryn Hill
Vere Isaacs (bass)
Lonnie Lynn
James Poyser
Ernest Wilson
Stevie Wonder
Syreeta Wright
James Poyser
No I.D.
  • Contains samples from "A Song for You" by Donny Hathaway
  • Contains samples from "Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer" by Stevie Wonder
5 "Gettin' Down at the Amphitheater" 5:18 Common
De La Soul (Posdnuos and Trugoy)
Lonnie Lynn
David Jolicoeur
Kelvin Mercer
Ernest Wilson
No I.D.
6 "Food for Funk" 4:10 Common Lonnie Lynn
Ernest Wilson
No I.D.
7 "G.O.D. (Gaining One's Definition)" 4:47 Cee-Lo
Common
Lonnie Lynn
Ernest Wilson
Cornell Newhill
Thomas Burton
No I.D.
Spike Rebel
8 "My City" 5:07 Common
Malik Yusef
Alvin Rogers (saxophone)
Demetrions Kelly (bass)
Malik Yusef
Cornell Newhill
Spike Rebel
9 "Hungry" 2:33 Common Lonnie Lynn
Ernest Wilson
No I.D.
  • Contains samples from "Can't Stop Loving You" by Soul Dog
10 "All Night Long" 7:35 Common
Erykah Badu
Lonnie Lynn
James Poyser
Erykah Badu
Ahmir Thompson
The Roots
11 "Stolen Moments, Pt. 1" 2:02 Common Lonnie Lynn
Ernest Wilson
No I.D.
  • Contains samples from "90% of Me Is You" by Gwen McCrae
12 "Stolen Moments, Pt. 2" 2:57 Black Thought
Common
Lonnie Lynn
Ernest Wilson
No I.D.
13 "1'2 Many..." 3:12 Common Lonnie Lynn
Doug Thomas
Dug Infinite
  • Contains samples from "The Black Five" by Roy Ayers
14 "Stolen Moments, Pt. 3" 3:13 Common
Q-Tip
Lonnie Lynn
Ernest Wilson
No I.D.
15 "Making a Name for Ourselves" 4:53 Canibus
Common
Lonnie Lynn
Germaine Williams
No I.D.
  • Contains samples from "Sweet Love" by Surprize
16 "Reminding Me (Of Sef)" 4:55 Chantay Savage
Common
Spike Rebel (keyboards)
Lonnie Lynn
Anthony Craig
Ynot
  • Contains samples from "Reminding Me" by Patrice Rushen
  • Contains samples from "Mellow Mellow Right On" by Lowrell
17 "Pop's Rap Part 2 / Fatherhood" 3:49 Common
Lonnie Lynn
Alan Jay Palmer (piano)
Billy Johnson (bass)
Karriem Riggins (drums)
Lonnie Lynn
Karriem Riggins
Karriem Riggins

Chart positions[edit]

Album chart positions[edit]

Year Album Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
1997 One Day It'll All Make Sense #62 #12

Singles chart positions[edit]

Year Song Chart positions
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales
1997 "Reminding Me (Of Sef)" #57 #9 #21

References[edit]

  1. ^ One Day It'll All Make Sense at AllMusic
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ City Pages review
  4. ^ The Independent review
  5. ^ RapReviews review
  6. ^ Rhapsody review
  7. ^ Rolling Stone review
  8. ^ a b Album reviews at CD Universe
  9. ^ Sputnikmusic review