When I first heard “I Used to Love H.E.R.” by Common, I instantly thought he was talking about a girl he loved but at the end of the track, he spins it and reveals that H.E.R. is not a person – it’s hip hop. I listened to the track over and over again in a different way and made the connections he was making to hip hop and where it was going. One of the most intelligent metaphors ever written and hands down, one of the most influential hip hop tracks ever recorded. It’s hip hop’s story told in minutes. Enjoy!