His 3rd album & for me his best effort to date, The album was mainly prodcued by NO.I.D. who is always ready to put out solid beats.
The album's recording was put on hold for up to a year as Common was busy becoming a father. After the birth of his child, Common returned to finish the album, albeit with a newer sense of responsibility, which he relates to his transformation from bachelor to father. He recorded "Retrospect For Life", with Fugees member Lauryn Hill, as a dedication to his new child and, apparently, a previously aborted pregnancy (it remains unknown whether this is based on real events). The song became the first single to be released from the album, and was accompanied by a video (directed by Lauryn Hill), as were "Invocation", "Hungry", and "(Reminding Me) Of Sef" (a eulogy to a close, deceased friend of Common's).
The multi-talented Cee-Lo, who at the time was still a member of Southern Hip hop group Goodie Mob, provides the vocals for the spiritual "G.O.D." (which stands for "Gaining One's Definition"). Rapper Canibus makes an early career appearance on the track "Making A Name For Ourselves", as do veterans De La Soul on "Gettin' Down At The Amphitheater". Other guests include Black Thought, and Q-Tip on "Stolen Moments" Parts "II" and "III" respectively, and Common's future love interest Erykah Badu, on "All Night Long", which was produced by The Roots. Chicagoan poet Malik Yusef, waxes lyrical about his hometown on "My City", and as usual Common's father Lonnie Lynn closes the album out with some words of wisdom on "Pop's Rap Part 2 / Fatherhood".
Although One Day... was better received by record buyers than the rappers' previous album, it was criticized by some longtime Common fans, mainly for its slightly more conventional (read: softer) production. Some felt that No I.D.'s scaled down contribution was a factor in this. Despite this Common has named this as his second favorite album, after Like Water for Chocolate. After the release of One Day... Common would relocate to New York and begin working with the Soulquarians for that album.
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