Common

Rapper/Actor

Common’s intelligent, expertly crafted, politically conscious rhymes have made him one of the most influential MCs in hip hop. Born Lonnie Rashied Lynn Jr., he emerged from Chicago’s hip hop underground as Common Sense. His classic ode to hip hop, “I Used to Love H.E.R.,” sparked a feud with West Coast rapper Ice Cube, who took offense to Common’s critique of gangsta rap. He has since collaborated with Q Tip, Lauryn Hill, De La Soul, Mos Def, The Roots, and Kanye West, who signed him to his G.O.O.D. Music imprint. Common won his first Grammy Award for “Love of My Life,” which featured his ex-girlfriend Erykah Badu. Common also branched out into acting, appearing in Just Wright with Queen Latifah, Date Night with Steve Carrell, American Gangster with Denzel Washington and the AMC series, Hell On WheelsOn July 22, 2014, Common’s tenth studio album, Nobody’s Smiling, was released.

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Rap Name Changes

Boosie's back with a [old] new name. What do you think it is?

The Obamas' Ultimate Music Moments

The First Family rocks out to Lil Jon, Beyoncé and others.

The Winner’s Circle

They ran this year in hip hop! See who made the winner's circle here!

Hip Hop Awards: Common Takes Us to the Kingdom

Performance: Common has keys to the kingdom. (10/14/2014)

Music Stars and Lawsuits

Eminem, Kanye West, Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar and more.

Royce da 5'9" and DJ Premier Announce Joint Album PRHYME

Premo readies for first dual album since Gang Starr.
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