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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
Writer(s) Lonnie Lynn
Derek Murphy
Tony Cottrell
Producer(s) Hi-Tek
Dug Infinite
Common singles chronology
"All Night Long"
"Car Horn"
Sadat X singles chronology
"Everything But Love"
Talib Kweli singles chronology
"Another World (Remix)"
"The Hard Margin"

"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.

It includes scratches of numerous old school classics such as "Poison" by Kool G Rap & DJ Polo, "Ain't No Half Steppin'" by Big Daddy Kane, "Make the Music With Your Mouth Biz" by Biz Markie, "Roxanne Roxanne" by UTFO, "It's Yours" by T La Rock & Jazzy Jay, "My Adidas" by Run-DMC, "10% Dis" by MC Lyte, "You Gots to Chill" by EPMD, "Boyz in the Hood" by Eazy-E, "All for One" by Brand Nubian, "Top Billin'" by Audio Two, "Plug Tunin'" by De La Soul, "Going Way Back" by Just-Ice, and "Paid in Full" by Eric B. & Rakim.

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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