Today in Hip Hop History: Can I Borrow A Dollar?

Today in Hip Hop History: Can I Borrow a Dollar? October 6
Can I Borrow a Dollar?

Today in Hip Hop History: October 6, 1992

Chicago rapper Common Sense (now known as Common) released his debut album, Can I Borrow A Dollar?, through Relativity Records in 1992. The album was completely produced by No I.D. (then known as Immenslope) and contained features from Common’s girlfriend at the time, Rayshel, and Miss JonesCan I Borrow A Dollar? had three singles; “Take it EZ,” “Breaker 1/9,” and “Soul by the Pound.”

The album became a possibility because The Source Magazine had recently written about Common in their “Unsigned Hype” section in 1991. Due to such recognition, Relativity signed him soon thereafter and prepared the said singles for release in anticipation of the album itself. The singles all charted top 10 in Hot Rap Singles, giving Common recognition in the hip hop heads circle. The singy rap, conscious lyrics with popular culture references, and “top notch production.” It is one of the more underrated hip hop albums in history.

Can I Borrow A Dollar? is now seen as a classic debut to a fairly successful, commercial and critical, career that is Common’s discography. Although it was his debut album, not many noticed the young MC at the time when his rhymes were truest. Regardless, the album continues to spin in various old school hip hop heads’ collection, and will forever remain a classic piece in Common’s career.

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