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Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Music: Chris Pérez never saw it coming. “All I ever wanted to do was play guitar,” he told the Current. “I never thought I’d be the subject of an interview... By Enrique Lopetegui 8/28/2013
Beaches Be Trippin\': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Arts & Culture: Let’s face it, most of us Lone Stars view the Texas coast as a poor man’s Waikiki. Hell, maybe just a poor man’s Panama Beach — only to be used... By Callie Enlow 7/10/2013
Chris Perez, husband of slain Tejana icon Selena, tells of romance, suffering

Chris Perez, husband of slain Tejana icon Selena, tells of romance, suffering

Arts & Culture: In one of the final chapters of his book To Selena, With Love (out March 6), Selena's widower Chris Perez mentions that Abraham Quintanilla, his former father-in-law, once... By Enrique Lopetegui 3/7/2012
A Look Back at SA\'s Homebrew History

A Look Back at SA's Homebrew History

The Beer Issue: Homebrewing is a foundational American virtue. Not just Sam Adams smiling back from the bottle that bears his name—virtually all the... By Lance Higdon 10/15/2014

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Common: The Dreamer, The Believer

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Common has always walked a tightrope. His "I Used to Love H.E.R." is a love song (a rap rarity in '94) that charted his love's spiritual and moral decline (his betrothed being the genre, not a woman). Naturally, it can be difficult to accept Common on The Dreamer, The Believer's "Ghetto Dreams," wherein he calls for a hot "bitch" that cooks pancakes buck-ass naked. If there's commentary on offer, the wink isn't pronounced and the effect is discomfort as the track follows a Maya Angelou poem on daring to dream. But this isn't as wacky as 2008's bullheaded, Neptunes-driven Universal Mind Control, where "Ghetto Dreams" is "Brown Eyed Girl" by comparison. Here, Common is reunited with producer No I.D. (last seen on 1997's One Day It'll All Make Sense) and spittin' more inspiration than degradation. No I.D. is a soul wizard, making Dreamer hearken to early '90s Common without appropriating the jazz-rap sound of the time. Both hit paydirt engaging feel-good tropes on "Cloth" (love lost) and "Celebrate" (party rap). Densely packed closer "Pops Belief" is a poem on the title themes. While moving, the landing doesn't quite stick. Dreamer suffers from being about too much and not enough simultaneously.

★★★ (out of 5 stars)

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