Thisisme Then: The Best of Common

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Thisisme Then: The Best of Common
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Greatest hits album by Common
Released November 27, 2007
Recorded 1992–1997
Genre Hip hop
Label Relativity/Legacy
Producer No I.D. (Immenslope)
James Poyser
The Beatnuts
The Roots
2. pc. DRK
Spike Rebel
Common chronology
Finding Forever
Thisisme Then: The Best of Common
Universal Mind Control
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Pitchfork Media (8.0/10)[1]
PopMatters (5/10)[2]
RapReviews (8/10)[3]

Thisisme Then: The Best of Common is a compilation album by rapper Common, released November 27, 2007 on Relativity Records. It covers material from his early rap years, spanning 1992 to 1997, and contains singles from Common's first three albums as well as "High Expectations" from the Soul in the Hole soundtrack. The album's title is borrowed from the song "Thisisme", a track that was originally featured on Resurrection and that is featured on Thisisme Then. It was released on LP on January 8, 2008, six weeks after the CD release.

This album excludes his more recent material made during his membership in Soulquarians and his work with Jay Dee, later known as J Dilla.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Length Performer(s) Producer(s) Writers Notes
1 "Take It EZ" 4:10 Common
Lenny Underwood (keyboards)
Tony Orbach (saxophone)
2 pc. DRK Lonnie Lynn
  • Contains samples from "When Will the Day Come" by Rasa
2 "Breaker 1/9" 4:03 Common Immenslope Lonnie Lynn
O'Kelly Isley
Chris Jasper
Marvin Isley
Ronald Isley
Rudolph Isley
3 "Soul by the Pound" 4:21 Common Immenslope Lonnie Lynn
4 "Charms Alarm" 4:31 Common Immenslope Lonnie Lynn
5 "Heidi Hoe" 4:31 Common The Beatnuts Lonnie Lynn
6 "I Used to Love H.E.R." 4:40 Common No I.D. Lonnie Lynn
  • Contains sample from "The Changing World" as performed by George Benson
7 "Book of Life" 5:06 Common No I.D. Lonnie Lynn
  • Contains sample from "Everybody Loves the Sunshine" as performed by Roy Ayers
8 "Resurrection" 3:48 Common No I.D. Lonnie Lynn
  • Contains sample from "The Signs Pt. II" as performed by David Axelrod
  • Contains sample from "Why Can't People Be Colors Too?" as performed by Whatnauts
  • Contains sample from "Help Is on the Way" as performed by Whatnauts
  • Contains sample from "Dolphin Dance" as performed by Ahmad Jamal
  • Contains sample from "Sorcerer of Isis" as performed by Power of Zeus
  • Contains sample from "Ice" as performed by Spirit
9 "Thisisme" 4:55 Common No I.D. Lonnie Lynn
10 "Retrospect for Life" 5:24 Common
Lauryn Hill
Vere Isaacs (bass)
James Poyser
No I.D.
Lonnie Lynn
James Poyser
Ernest Wilson
Stevie Wonder
Syreeta Wright
  • Contains samples from "A Song for You" by Donny Hathaway
  • Contains samples from "Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer" by Stevie Wonder
11 "Reminding Me (Of Sef)" 4:56 Common
Chantay Savage
Spike Rebel (keyboards)
Ynot Lonnie Lynn
Anthony Craig
Larry Brownee
Gus Redmond
Lowrell Simon
Fred Simon
  • Contains samples from "Reminding Me" by Patrice Rushen
  • Contains samples from "Mellow Mellow Right On" by Lowrell
12 "All Night Long" 5:48 Common
Erykah Badu
The Roots Lonnie Lynn
James Poyser
Ahmir Thompson
E. Wright
13 "G.O.D. (Gaining One's Definition)" 4:48 Common
Cee Lo Green
No I.D.
Spike Rebel
Lonnie Lynn
Thomas Burton
Cornell Newbill
Ernest Wilson
14 "Stolen Moments, Pt. 3" 2:32 Common
No I.D. Lonnie Lynn
Ernest Wilson
15 "High Expectations" 6:47 Common No I.D. Lonnie Lynn
Ernest Wilson
Jerry Ragovoy
Aaron Schroeder
  • Contains samples from "Move Me No Mountain" by Chaka Khan

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 62
U.S. Billboard Top Rap Albums 23
U.S. Billboard Independent Albums 34