"I Used To Love H.E.R." as written by and Lonnie Rashid Lynn Ernest Wilson....
Yes, yes, y'all and you don't stop
To the beat ya'll and you don't stop
Yes yes, y'all and you don't stop
1, 2, ya'll and you don't stop
Yes yes ya'll and you don't stop
And to the beat Com sense'll be the sure shot
Come on

I met this girl, when I was ten years old
And what I loved most she had so much soul
She was old school, when I was just a shorty
Never knew throughout my life she would be there for me
On the regular, not a church girl she was secular
Not about the money, those studs was mic checking her
But I respected her, she hit me in the heart
A few New York niggas, had did her in the park
But she was there for me, and I was there for her
Pull out a chair for her, turn on the air for her
And just cool out, cool out and listen to her
Sitting on a bone, wishing that I could do her
Eventually if it was meant to be, then it would be
Cause we related, physically and mentally
And she was fun then, I'd be geeked when she'd come around
Slim was fresh yo, when she was underground
Original, pure, untampered, a down sister
Boy I tell ya, I miss her

Yes, yes, y'all and you don't stop
To the beat ya'll and you don't stop
Yes yes, y'all and you don't stop
1, 2, ya'll and you don't stop
Yes yes ya'll and you don't stop
And to the beat Com sense'll be the sure shot
Come on

Now periodically I would see
Old girl at the clubs, and at the house parties
She didn't have a body but she started getting thick quick
Did a couple of videos and became Afrocentric
Out goes the weave, in goes the braids beads medallions
She was on that tip about stopping the violence
About my people she was teaching me
By not preaching to me, but speaking to me in a method that was leisurely
So easily I approach
She dug my rap, that's how we got close
But then she broke to the West coast, and that was cool
Cause around the same time, I went away to school
And I'm a man of expanding, so why should I stand in her way
She probably get her money in L.A
And she did stud, she got big pub but what was foul
She said that the pro-black, was going out of style
She said, Afrocentricity, was of the past
So she got into R&B hip-house bass and jazz
Now black music is black music and it's all good
I wasn't salty, she was with the boys in the hood
Cause that was good for her, she was becoming well rounded
I thought it was dope how she was on that freestyle shit
Just having fun, not worried about anyone
And you could tell by how her titties hung

Yes, yes, y'all and you don't stop
To the beat ya'll and you don't stop
Yes yes, y'all and you don't stop
1, 2, ya'll and you don't stop
Yes yes ya'll and you don't stop
And to the beat Com sense'll be the sure shot
Come on

I might've failed to mention that this chick was creative
Once the man got to her, he altered her native
Told her if she got an image and a gimmick
That she could make money, and she did it like a dummy
Now I see her in commercials, she's universal
She used to only swing it with the inner-city circle
Now she be in the burbs, looking rock and dressing hippie
And on some dumb shit, when she comes to the city
Talking about popping Glocks serving rocks and hitting switches
Now she's a gangsta rolling with gangsta bitches
Always smoking blunts and getting drunk
Telling me sad stories, now she only fucks with the funk
Stressing how hardcore and "real" she is
She was really the realest, before she got into showbiz
I did her, not just to say that I did it
But I'm committed, but so many niggas hit it
That she's just not the same letting all these groupies do her
I see niggas slamming her, and taking her to the sewer
But I'mma take her back hoping that the shit stop
Cause who I'm talking bout y'all is hip-hop


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"I Used to Love H.E.R." as written by Lonnie Rashid Lynn Ernest Dion Wilson

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    General Commentthis song made me even more of a fan to common because of the amazin way he personified hip hop. i think today hip hop is so corrupted. They group every rapper into the hip hop genre when rap and hip hop are 2 entirely different things. Ja Rule, P. Diddy, and the 504 boys do not hold a candle to Common, The Roots, De La Soul, Jurassic 5, or Pharcyde in terms of talent or anything else. Its sad to see them lumped together.
    Spanky03on March 04, 2003   Link
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    General Comment I Used to Love H.E.R, "I Used to Love Hip Hop in its Essence and Realness" by Common has to by far be one of the greatest songs in hip-hop history. Unlike many artist today talking about money, promoting a clothing line, or degrating women; Common keeps hip-hop clean and speaks nothing less than realness. A young corrupted girl is the analogy used for hip-hop, and their rocky relationship throughout the years. A true mastermind of rhyme and flow, Common puts where hip-hop has gone and where it is going into a perfectly crafted track.
    Talkin' about popping glocks serving rocks and hitting switches
    Now she’s a gangsta rolling with gangsta bitches
    Always smokin’ blunts and getting drunk
    Telling me sad stories, now she only fucks with the funk
    Stressing how hard core and real she is
    She was really the realest before she got into show-biz
    I did her not just to say I did it
    But im committed but so many niggas hit it
    That she’s just not the same letting all the groupies do her
    I see niggas slammin’ her and taking her to the sewer
    But imma take her back hopin’ that shit stop
    Cause who im talking ‘bout ya’ll is hip hop. (50-61)

    Now hip hop has made a drastic change. Violence and drugs are the primary topics in most songs. In the phrase “Stressin’ how hardcore she is/she was really the realest before she got into show-biz.” Artists feel the need to feel tough and they stress how "gangster" and "hood" they are in every track, yet hip-hop was at its realest before it became a major trend.
    He admits to having “did her,” as in being a part of hip hop but unlike most who did, he was commited. It is also stated that once so many artists go a hold of this new genre of music, it was never the same. “I see niggas slammin her and taking her to the sewer,” is a reference to the abuse believed that hip hop endured while going through these changes. The last two lines show his love for the music, and that he will not abandon it in hopes that things will go back to how they once were.
    adrianna11on February 16, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti still love H.E.R.
    heartheldcaptiveon February 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThank U!!! I guess u saw that movie Brown Sugar too. Good movie. This song is so great. So is Erykah Badu's 'Love of my Life' In the movie it says "Saying that Rap & HipHop are the same thing is like saying that I Love u is the same as being IN love. One is just a word" This means HipHop is a soul thing that i cant explain so i'm just gonna shut up. BYE
    vurryFINEfemaleon March 08, 2003   Link
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    General CommentH.E.R. in the title is actually an acronym, does anyone know for sure what it means, from what i've heard it was "hip hop in its essence and realness", but i dunno
    romanfluxon October 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe Ressurection album is one of the most well written and imitated hip hop albums in history, and this was Common Sense's best lyrical endeavor.

    Both he, De La, and a few others make hiphop come clean the way it should be, no guns, gangsters, or clothing lines. Just rhythm and rhyme.
    s7rugg1eon April 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. I agree with all the comments for this song. I couldn't have said it better. :)
    MizzLMon July 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me it's about the importance of the decision of who and what you surround yourself with. And the importanceof getting out gracefully once you realize that the crowd you are running with is trying to run you...
    xinniefulon September 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSo meaningful. The song is almost chilling when you thihk about the Irony of him comparing a girl to hip - hop. Hip - Hop is clearly untainted until new experiences and diffrent environmets and experiences overcome HER.
    panama77on December 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentPeople, how many times do I have to explain this to you????Hip hop is the culture and rap is JUST AN ORAL EXPRESSION of it or literature!Just like Sidney said in Brow Sugar and you've obviesly missunderstood that movie!For further readings Nelson George "Hip Hop America"!!!!!!!BTW what H.E.R. means, that is why I'm here!:)
    Child of The Sunon July 18, 2006   Link

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