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Single by Common featuring Sadat X and Talib Kweli
from the album Soundbombing II
B-side "Like They Used to Say"
Released March 24, 1999
Format 12-inch single, Vinyl
Genre Underground hip hop
Length 4:10
Label Rawkus Records
Songwriter(s) Lonnie Lynn
Derek Murphy
Tony Cottrell
Producer(s) Hi-Tek
Dug Infinite
Common singles chronology
"All Night Long"
"Car Horn"

"All Night Long"
"Car Horn"
Sadat X singles chronology
"Everything But Love"
(1997) Everything But Love1997
(1999) One-Nine-Nine-Nine1999
Talib Kweli singles chronology
"Another World (Remix)"
(1999) Another World (Remix)1999
(1999) One-Nine-Nine-Nine1999
"The Hard Margin"
(1999) The Hard Margin1999

"One-Nine-Nine-Nine"/"Like They Used to Say" is a double A-Side single by rapper Common. Each song is featured on Soundbombing II, a compilation album by Rawkus Records released in 1999. The song "One-Nine-Nine-Nine" features an introduction by Talib Kweli, guest rapping by Sadat X and production by Hi-Tek. A music video was released for it, which also featured briefs cameos from Jeru The Damaja and Harold Hunter. Additionally, Rawkus Records featured it in their Best of Decade I: 1995-2005 compilation. Common's vocals on the song were sampled in "Mic Like a Memory" by Cunninlynguists.

"Like They Used to Say" was produced by Dug Infinite, who also worked on Common's first three albums. In the song, Common talks about the days of old and comments where he sees hip hop music heading in the future.

Track listing[edit]


  1. "One-Nine-Nine-Nine (Radio Version)" (4:16)
  2. "One-Nine-Nine-Nine (Street Version)" (4:16)
  3. "One-Nine-Nine-Nine (Instrumental Version)" (4:16)
  4. "One-Nine-Nine-Nine (A Capella)" (3:40)


  1. "Like They Used to Say (Radio Version)" (4:32)
  2. "Like They Used to Say (Street Version)" (4:31)
  3. "Like They Used to Say (Instrumental Version)" (4:19)
  4. "Like They Used to Say (A Capella)" (3:23)

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