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10 Super Vital Lessons We Learned From Common's Be

This 10-year-old album's still helping us Become better people.

Today, we know Common as an Oscar-winning MC and a member of the "Suicide Squad," but 10 years ago, his focus was on Be.

On Sunday, May 24, Common - formerly known as Common Sense - will celebrate the album's 10-year anniversary. And it's an album worth celebrating. With Kanye West as its executive producer, Be stands out as one of the best projects in a strong discography filled with great music. But it was also more than that.

Like many iconic rap albums, Common's Be layered life lessons over hypnotic beats. And those lessons are as valuable today as they were in 2000. Let's take a look at just some of the ways Common showed us how to Be better with this album.

  1. Be Present
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    "Never looking back or too far in front of me / The present is a gift and I just want to be." -"Be (Intro)"

  2. Be Honest To Your Loved Ones
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    "Went home to his lady, these were his confessions: 'Baby you a blessin' and my best friend.'" -"Faithful"

  3. Be Faithful Or It'll Haunt You
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    "It's hard when your lady don't believe what you say / And what you did in the past, you gotta live with today." -"Faithful"

  4. Be An Explorer

    "Walk like warriors, we were never told to run / Explored the world to return to where my soul begun." - "Be (Intro)"

  5. Be Loving
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    "How beautiful love can be / On the streets, love is hard to see / It's a place I got to be / Loving you is loving me." - "Love Is..."

  6. Be Compassionate
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    "Everybody loves sun, why do I attract shade? / Heard of the love of money, but compassion, it pays." - "Love Is..."

  7. Be Generous, Grow And Let Go

    “Though I know to grow, a ni--a gotta learn to let go / Though I know the dough, I gotta bring back to the ghetto." -"The Food"

  8. Be Resilient Through Pain
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    "Through the pain, wish they knew that God was just teachin'." - "Real People"

  9. Be Strong (And It's Okay To Be Vulnerable Too)
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    "I guess knowin' I'm weak is when I'm really bein' strong." -"Real People"

  10. Be Ready For The Hate While Enjoying The Love
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    "I was told by a chief, 'It's the games nature' / When you're glowin', some'll love and some'll hate ya." - "Real People"

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