The Food

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"The Food"
File:The Food - Common.jpg
Single by Common featuring Kanye West and DJ Dummy
from the album Be
Released October 8, 2004
Format 12-inch single, Vinyl
Recorded 2004; Sony Music Studios, New York, NY; The Dave Chappelle Show, New York, NY
Genre Hip hop, Conscious hip hop
Length 3:36
Label GOOD Music, Geffen
Writer(s) Lonnie Lynn
Kanye West
Sam Cooke
Eugene Record
Stanley McKenney
Producer(s) Kanye West
Common singles chronology
"The Food"
"The Corner"
Kanye West singles chronology
"Talk About Our Love"
"The Food"

"The Food" is the first single by rapper Common released on his sixth album Be. Kanye West appears on the song's chorus and also produces the track. West samples "I Never Had It So Good" by The Chi-Lites and interpolates "Nothing Can Change This Love" by Otis Redding for the song's beat. In addition, DJ Dummy scratches on the song and Dave Chappelle introduces the live version of it. The song was originally performed live on Chappelle's Show on March 3, 2004. This live version is featured on Be, although a studio version does also exist.

It received mostly positive acclaim, but was not promoted heavily and did not chart. writer Spence D. describes it as a "nice and mild burner that showcases the Chi-town duo's symmetry."[1] Nathan Brackett of Rolling Stone states that it is one of the "hardest-rocking tracks of Common's career."[2]

Track listing


  1. "The Food (Dirty)"
  2. "The Food (Radio)"


  1. "The Food (Instrumental)"
  2. "The Food (Live Version from Chappelle's Show)"


  1. "Be Review at". Retrieved May 26, 2007. |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Brackett, Nathan. "Be Review at". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 26, 2007.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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