Common On Meaning Of "Like Water For Chocolate"

Socially-conscious MC Common Sense released his long-awaited fourth album this week, "Like Water For Chocolate," a title that the rapper copped from Laura Esquivel's novel of the same name, as well as its 1992 film version.

"Like Water For Chocolate" is the follow-up to 1997's acclaimed "One Day It'll All Make Sense" and features guest spots from D'Angelo, Mos Def, Cee-Lo of the Goodie M.O.B., MC Lyte, Femi Kuti, and Roots drummer ?uest Love.

The Chicago rapper dropped by MTV's Times Square studios recently and offered a little insight on why he chose to appropriate the name of Esquivel's 1990 novel as the title for his new record.

"'Like Water for Chocolate'... I first saw the title and thought that its was real interesting," Common began, "and I was like, 'Man, this is different.'

"It made me think, 'What does it mean?' And it was appealing to me enough to dig into a meaning

for it. So, I used 'Like Water For Chocolate' to represent the water side in me, which is a Pisces, and the chocolate represents the soul, the blackness in the music." [RealVideo]

The first single from Common's new album is "The Sixth Sense" -- a song that also shares its name with a film -- a track produced by DJ Premier from Gang Starr.