Common’s ‘Universal Mind Control’ Cover


Some time ago, we saw what could have been the cover art for Common's new album, Universal Mind Control, dropping November 11th. Needless to say, there was much left to be desired. And now that this cover above has been released as the official cover, we're still left scratching our heads. Speaking only for myself, I have been in love with Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. since 1992, back when I was a little mami, his surname was "Sense," and all he wanted to do was "Take It Ez." Now that he is "White Chocolate Moses," can act a little somethin', and all the ladies scream his name, all I get is a headless torso with some wavy lines over it? Really, Common? I'm partially joking, since we all know that what really matters is the album's content.

That being said, looks like Common has quite a few collaborations on this one, including his new BFF Pharrell Williams. I will reserve judgement on the Santogold collaboration since I haven't been feeling her music lately. That Cee-Lo joint could be the business though. And I'm way too over Kanye and his antics to even mention him right now except to say that if their song is as good as anything on the Kanye-produced Be, it will be magical.
Enough of my musings. Full tracklist below. Much thanks to Rap Up and

  • Universal Mind Control feat. Pharrell (Neptunes)
  • Make My Day feat. Cee-Lo (Neptunes)
  • Punch Drunk Love feat. Kanye West
  • What A World feat. Chester French (Neptunes)
  • Changes
  • Party Shit
  • Dreaming
  • Gladiator feat. Pharrell (Neptunes)
  • Runaway feat. Santogold
  • Sex For Sugar (Neptunes)
  • Announcement feat. Pharrell (Neptunes)
  • The Eye feat. Pharrell (Neptunes)

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4 Responses

  1. Well, it's better than the lightbulb one. I guess he's going for "brain waves"/soundwaves with that pattern overlay? Vaguely electronic, harkens back to the UMC vid. Eh, it's good enough. Wouldn't mind some headshots in the liner notes, tho 😉

  2. Hmmmm...not feelin' all this 'Neptunes' business but I will still keep my fingers crossed (I guess) I'm interested in those boys from Harvard: Chester French. I just read a funny interview with them in the Improper Bostonian. and I liked them on that Idle Warship (Kweli & Res) song "Fall Back". Hope Comm's album lives up to all this buzz!!

  3. Looks like a Neptunes album featuring Common.

  4. I agree the cover art is quite bland, and as much as I tend to like Neptunes-produced tracks, I don't know how I feel about a Neptunes/Common album..but since I'm trusting Common won't let us down on the content, I'm definitely anticipating the album something serious!!