In the OKP realm, there are few records that manage to compile all of our stars into one. Common‘s debut as a Soulquarian, Like Water For Chocolate, proved to be precisely that; a haven for neo-soul’s luminaries. Complex recently ran an exposition of the stand-out single “The Light” taking us through those days locked away in the Electric Lady Studios compound, where Mama’s Gun, Voodoo, Things Fall Apart and really all of the album’s that have pushed to expand the threshold of commercial viability in hip-hop and r&b, all of which we’ve grown to know as pillars in the field.
The publication rounds a fair amount of the troops from the sessions to speak on working with GOAT and the track’s producer J Dilla, how he found the cut and how it took shape even after the masterful 15 minutes spat in the basement of Ma Dukes‘ crib that birthed it. You can watch Com, Bob Power, Frank Nitt, Erykah Badu, Bobby Caldwell, James Poyser and more speak to the magic that went down in the studio (both at Dilla’s crib and in NYC) while making “The Light” below.