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Common - The Dreamer/The Believer
The Dreamer/The Believer is the ninth studio album by American rapper Common. It was released in the UK on December 19, 2011 and in the US on December 20 through Warner Bros. Records alongside Common's newly launched Think Common Music Inc. Common's longtime friend and frequent collaborator No I.D. handled the album's production entirely himself.
The album features guest appearances from Nas, John Legend, and Maya Angelou, among others. It also contains samples from various artists, such as Electric Light Orchestra, Curtis Mayfield, and Bob James. The album received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised Common's lyrical skills and No I.D.'s soulful production. The album debuted at number 18 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 69,000 copies in its first week.
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1."The Dreamer" (featuring Maya Angelou)5:54
2."Ghetto Dreams" (featuring Nas)3:54
6."Lovin' I Lost"3:51
7."Raw (How You Like It)"3:55
11."The Believer" (featuring John Legend)3:43
Singles and controversies
The first single from the album was "Ghetto Dreams" featuring Nas, which was released on July 6, 2011. The music video was directed by Matt Alonzo and executive produced by Leah Harmony. The second single was "Blue Sky", which was released on October 4, 2011. The song samples "Mr. Blue Sky" by Electric Light Orchestra. The third single was "Sweet", which was released on November 2, 2011. The song sparked some controversy, as many hip hop fans speculated that it was a diss track aimed at rapper Drake, who often sings in his songs. Common denied that the song was about anyone in particular, but later confirmed that he had some issues with Drake over his relationship with singer Serena Williams, who had previously dated Common. The fourth single was "Celebrate", which was released on November 21, 2011. The fifth and final single was "Raw (How You Like It)", which was released on December 13, 2011.
Critical reception and awards
The Dreamer/The Believer received mostly positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 77, based on 25 reviews. AllMusic's David Jeffries praised the album as "a potent reminder of how vibrant and vital this Chicago-bred MC can be when he's got something to prove". Pitchfork's Jayson Greene called it "a warm and soulful record that feels like a homecoming". Rolling Stone's Jody Rosen wrote that "Common is a fluid lyricist; his rapping has a preacher's force and a poet's finesse". The album was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2013 Grammy Awards, but lost to Drake's Take Care.