. . . we almost forgot Common was a rapper.
Given the flatness of some of his more recent work, he's probably better suited to his new career as GQ clotheshorse and silver screen eye candy, but he's certainly not as milquetoast as all the hip hop commentators reacting to Faux News attackers make him out to be. Positive, yes. Inoffensive, yes. Milquetoast, no.
Like Water for Chocolate (2000) is one of my favorites, and is perhaps more notable for being J Dilla's coming out party. If memory serves, DJ Premier shows up here as well.
Most of you here are probably already hip to this, but if you haven't heard it, give it a listen.