Soul by the Pound

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"Soul by the Pound"
Common - soul by the pound.jpg
Single by Common Sense
from the album Can I Borrow a Dollar?
B-side Can-I-Bust," "Heidi Hoe
Released July 13, 1993
Format 12-inch single, Vinyl
Genre Hip hop, Chicago hip hop
Length 4:20
Label Relativity Records
Songwriter(s) Common, No I.D.
Producer(s) Immenslope
Common singles chronology
"Breaker 1/9"
"Soul by the Pound"
"I Used to Love H.E.R."
"Breaker 1/9"
"Soul by the Pound"
"I Used to Love H.E.R."

"Soul by the Pound" is the third single from rapper Common's 1992 debut album, Can I Borrow a Dollar?. Its beat, produced by Immenslope, is similar to much production from Common's second album, Resurrection.[1] Its beat contains samples from "I Like It" by DeBarge and "Sneakin' in the Back" by Tom Scott. It is considered to be a "black solidarity" track, but has been attacked for its misogyny.[1] Its chorus contains a sample from Tim Dog's verse on "A Chorus Line" by Ultramagnetic MCs. A music video was made for the "Thump Mix" version of this song, but not for the album version. The chorus of "Thump Mix" contains vocal samples from Q-Tip's verse in "Jazz (We've Got)" by A Tribe Called Quest, Redman's in "Tonight's Da Night" and Grand Puba's in "Check It Out." The "Thump Mix" can be found on the Guidance Recordings compilation album 2001: A Rhyme Odyssey.

Track listing[edit]


  1. "Soul by the Pound (Thump Mix)" (4:35)
  2. "Soul by the Pound (Thump Mix Instrumental)" (4:35)
  3. "Soul by the Pound (Album Version)" (4:20)


  1. "Can-I-Bust (Vocal)" (5:40)
  2. "Heidi Hoe (Radio Edit)" (4:30)
  3. "Heidi Hoe (LP Version)" (4:30)

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles 8
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Singles 7


  1. ^ a b Jost, Matt. "Can I Borrow a Dollar? Review at". Retrieved March 24, 2007. 

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