Soul by the Pound

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"Soul by the Pound"
Common - soul by the pound.jpg
Single by Common Sense
from the album Can I Borrow a Dollar?
B-side "Can-I-Bust," "Heidi Hoe"
Released July 13, 1993
Format 12-inch single, Vinyl
Recorded 1992-1993
Genre Hip hop, Chicago hip hop
Length 4:20
Label Relativity Records
Songwriter(s) Common, No I.D.
Producer(s) Immenslope
Common singles chronology
"Breaker 1/9"
"Soul by the Pound"
"I Used to Love H.E.R."

"Breaker 1/9"
"Soul by the Pound"
"I Used to Love H.E.R."

"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.[1] Its beat contains samples from "I Like It" by DeBarge, "Feelin' It" by Ultramagnetic MC's, "Sneakin' in the Back" by Tom Scott, and "A Chorus Line" by Ultramagnetic MC's (Tim Dog)[1]. It is considered to be a "black solidarity" track, but has been attacked for its misogyny. A music video was made for the "Thump Mix" version of this song, but not for the album version. "Soul by the Pound (Thump Mix)" contains samples from "Pot Belly" by Lou Donaldson, "I Know You Got Soul" by Eric B. & Rakim, "Jazz (We've Got)" by A Tribe Called Quest (Q-Tip), "Tonight's Da Night" by Redman, and "Check It Out" by Grand Puba with Mary J. Blige. The "Thump Mix" can be found on the Guidance Recordings compilation album 2001: A Rhyme Odyssey.

Track listing[edit]


  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)

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles 8
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Singles 7


  1. ^ a b Jost, Matt. "Can I Borrow a Dollar? Review at". Retrieved March 24, 2007.

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