Chicago’s own Mikkey Halsted combines with underrated supergroup Cocaine 80’s for “Pain.” Off his free mixtape Castro, (d/l here), Mikkey flows over a haunting beat with a great hook from James Flaunteroy. Produced by none other than Mr. Reasonable Doubt himself, No I.D.
I cannot stress how great this album is. I did like both Be and Finding Forever, but I haven’t really enjoyed a Common album this much since Like Water For Chocolate. Common and producer No I.D. have put together a hip hop conscious masterpiece. The production is soulful and smooth, and combined with Common’s lyrics, make a perfect marriage. I will probably be posting a song everyday till his album, the Dreamer, the Believer hits stores on the 20th. Check out “Cloth,” just one of the many amazing tracks from this album.