#30thAnniversary – Common Sense ‎”Can I Borrow A Dollar?”

Common Sense signed a deal with Relativity Records in 1992 and released his first album “Can I Borrow A Dollar?” on the strength of an appearance in the “unsigned hype” section of the Hip Hop bible “The Source”. Even if it is pretty obvious that he had not yet found his own style, he still proved that he was ready to compete with the greatest emcees of the early 90’s. The project is produced by two other future Chicago legends, “Twilite Tone” and “No I.D.”, who was going by the name “Immenslope” at the time. Their abilities behind the boards are evident, creating a soulful and jazzy boom bap backdrop, on par with the best albums of that era.

Common and his crew basically put Chi-City on the Hip Hop map with this LP, opening a lane for future stars like Lupe Fiasco and Kanye West to name a few. Witness this part of history below with videos, remixes, interviews and more!

Full album on YouTube:

Stream on Spotify, Apple Music & Deezer.


  • Take It EZ
  • Breaker 1/9
  • Soul By The Pound

Remixes & B-Side:

  • Breaker 1/9 (Slope Remix)
  • Breaker 1/9 (Beatnuts Remix)
  • Soul By The Pound (Thump Mix)
  • Can-I-Bust

Interviews & Live Performance:

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