For the longest time that sublime Bobby Caldwell hook was what I waited for, the only reason I stuck around....
And yet without Common, it doesn't quite work.
Judge for yourself -- the instrumental version of "The Light" (almost Common-free - the love-poesy is stripped right out but there's a few scraps of MC-ish blather left in)
Here's the original Caldwell song "Open Your Eyes', from the album Cat in the Hat - lovely if a little goo-ey. That is one wide tie he's wearing on the cover.
Love those guitar fills in the outro - played by Caldwell himself?