The Corner (song)
"The Corner" is the second single released by rapper Common on his sixth album, Be. It features a chorus and production by Kanye West as well as spoken word lyrics by The Last Poets. The song's lyrics deal with street corners in poor neighborhoods. The song's beat contains samples from "You Make the Sun Shine" by The Temprees and "What It Is" by The Temptations. Because of the song's gritty sound, some fans considered it to be a return to Common's Resurrection days. A music video directed by Kanye West was made for "The Corner."
|Single by Common featuring Kanye West and The Last Poets|
|from the album Be|
|Released||March 1, 2005|
|Format||12-inch single, CD, Digital download, Vinyl|
|Recorded||Sony Music Studios, New York, NY|
|Label||GOOD Music, Geffen|
|Common singles chronology|
|Kanye West singles chronology|
|The Last Poets singles chronology|
"The Corner" attained some commercial success reaching #42 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, but was even more popular among critics. Amongst other accolades, it was nominated as the Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group at the 48th Grammy Awards. Spence D. of IGN.com explains the basis for its success writing:
|“||"The Corner" [...] is the defacto bomb on the album. West's groove is sick and witty, piano and bass meshing together in a smoothly lumbering lope with a nice accentuated vocal sample on the chorus. The addition of the legendary Last Poets only elevates the tune to the next level. One of the best burners of the year, hands down.||”|
In addition, Nathan Brackett of Rolling Stone states that it is one of the "hardest-rocking tracks of Common's career." Pitchfork Media's Tom Breihan considers the beat to be "dusty and heavenly." Steve Juon of RapReviews.com claims Common's lyrics to contain profound observations of urban life that show why hip hop is the "black man's CNN."  Common understands that critics consider "The Corner" to be a return from his Electric Circus style. As he says on "They Say" from his 2005 album Be: "They say the crochet pants and the sweater was wack/Seen 'The Corner', now they say that nigga's back."
- The official remix featuring Kanye West, The Last Poets, Scarface, Mos Def and a new verse by Common can be found on Scarface's 2005 album My Homies Part 2. It was also released by Common as a single.
- This song was covered with heavily revised lyrics by Clipse on their We Got It 4 Cheap: Vol. 2 mixtape.
- "The Corner" (Radio) (3:46)
- "The Corner" (Instrumental) (3:46)
- "The Corner" (Radio A Capella) (3:34)
- "The Corner" (LP) (3:46)
- "The Corner" (LP A Capella) (3:46)
- "The Corner" (Last Poet Reprise) (3:46)
|US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles||10|
|US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs||42|
- Malcolm, Sean. "Be Review at AllHipHop.com". Archived from the original on October 15, 2007. Retrieved May 26, 2007.
- "Be Review at IGN.com". Archived from the original on October 17, 2007. Retrieved May 26, 2007.
- Brackett, Nathan. "Be Review at RollingStone.com". Retrieved May 26, 2007.
- Breihan, Tom. "The Corner (Remix) Review at PitchforkMedia.com". Retrieved May 27, 2007.
- Juom, Steve. "Be Review at RapReviews.com". Retrieved May 26, 2007.