Common is, hands down, one of my favourite rappers. This "Come Close" collaboration with Mary J. Blige, released in 2002 on Electric Circus, was one of my favourite high school grooves and, until some iTunes shuffle action earlier this week, I had actually forgotten about it. (The pains of perished computers and music libraries over the years.)
In what was actually a marriage proposition to his then-girlfriend Erykah Badu, this Neptunes-produced ballad features all the right ingredients of the best slow jams - a bumpin' beat, flecks of acid jazz and Common's sexy love declaration. Mmmm.