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Soul by the Pound

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Released  July 13, 1993
Length  4:20
Format  12-inch single, Vinyl
Label  Relativity Records
B-side  "Can-I-Bust," "Heidi Hoe"
Genre  Hip hop, Chicago hip hop

"Soul by the Pound" is the third single from rapper Common's 1992 debut album, Can I Borrow a Dollar?. Its beat, produced by Immenslope, is similar to much production from Common's second album, Resurrection. Its beat contains samples from "I Like It" by DeBarge and "Sneakin' in the Back" by Tom Scott. It is considered to be a "black solidarity" track, but has been attacked for its misogyny. Its chorus contains a sample from Tim Dog's verse on "A Chorus Line" by Ultramagnetic MCs. A music video was made for the "Thump Mix" version of this song, but not for the album version. The chorus of "Thump Mix" contains vocal samples from Q-Tip's verse in "Jazz (We've Got)" by A Tribe Called Quest, Redman's in "Tonight's Da Night" and Grand Puba's in "Check It Out." The "Thump Mix" can be found on the Guidance Recordings compilation album 2001: A Rhyme Odyssey.



  1. "Soul by the Pound (Thump Mix)" (4:35)
  2. "Soul by the Pound (Thump Mix Instrumental)" (4:35)
  3. "Soul by the Pound (Album Version)" (4:20)


  1. "Can-I-Bust (Vocal)" (5:40)
  2. "Heidi Hoe (Radio Edit)" (4:30)
  3. "Heidi Hoe (LP Version)" (4:30)


Soul by the Pound Wikipedia

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