Universal Mind Control is Common's eighth studio album. Originally scheduled to be released on June 24, 2008 under the name Invincible Summer, the release date was pushed back to September 30, 2008 due to Common filming Wanted. However, on September 10, 2008, it was announced that the title would be changed to Universal Mind Control and the release date was set for November 11, 2008. Later, the release was pushed back to December 9, 2008.
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On Universal Mind Control, he- and the Neptunes- split his personalities into what seem like two wildly different EP. On a song called "Announcement" from his eighth LP, Universal Mind Control, Common raps, "I still love . she be needin' the dick/ When it comes to hip-hop, it's just me and my bitch. He's referring to his 1994 song "I Used to Love . where he began to seriously define himself as a moralistic foil to the gangster rap phenomenon. The reference seems ironic on an album this vacuous and amoral. Then again, the song has been ironic from the start.
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Universal Mind Control is in a close race for worst of the year, but it's a fitting follow-up to the disappointing Finding Forever. Common said there was one thing missing from his resume: the club sound. Here's the problem: Common is not a club artist. So it's easy to imagine why Universal Mind Control disappoints. What makes the album worse is that sounds completely thrown together. It sounds like the Neptunes put all of their unused beats on a disc and dared Common to try to rap over them. Everything is choppy and haphazard sounding and given the typically simplistic structure of a club banger this is a pretty momentous failing. Gladiator alternates between a well-used sample and an atrocious mixture of dark and apocalyptic beats peppered with an ill-fitting trumpet squeal.
Album: Universal Mind Control. Kanye West) 03 – Make My Day (feat. Cee-Lo) 04 – Sex 4 Suga 05 – Announcement (feat. Pharrell) 06 – Gladiator 07 – Changes (feat. Muhsinah) 08 – Inhale 09 – What a World (feat. Chester French) 10 – Everywhere (feat. Martina Topley-Bird) 11 – Punch Drunk Love (Booty Shake Mix) (Bonus).
Though Mortal Winter might've been more apt, Universal Mind Control does correctly point toward a lighter, less cerebral set relative to the MC's discography from The Resurrection onward. The glinting "Change" is a track filled with hope and optimism about younger generations and the rise of Obama, and "Inhale," another standout, carries a surplus of uplift and urgency.
Common told Billboard magazine about the album: "I created this music for the summertime. It's about feeling good. This is the type of music I felt was missing from my body of work. This high energy banger was inspired by a disastrous night Common had in a Prague nightclub. The rapper told Rolling Stone:"My own DJ was there - and even he wasn't spinning my songs. I said, 'I got to make some club music. This Afrika track featured in a Zune TV and internet commercial that Common appeared in alongside Bambaataa.