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. Common’s 2014 song “Glory,” with singer John Legend, was included in the Selma soundtrack and won both a a Golden Globe and an Oscar for Best Original Song.

 

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Money Ain't a Thing: When Rappers Give Back

Fame and fortune means philanthropy to these hip hop stars.

Generation Gap: When Old and New Rappers Beef

Ghostface comes for Action Bronson's neck.

H.I.S.: Turning Point | Rhymefest: The Man Behind the Music

Rapper Rhymefest shares his truth. (7/17/2015)

Ceasefire: When Music Stars Call an End to Beef

OG Maco and Future show it's all love in The A.

Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival 2015 Highlights

Common, Foxy, Mobb Deep and more take the stage.

#SocialBite: Common Brings Out Foxy Brown in Brooklyn

"Glory" MC shares snippet of surprise Hip-Hop Festival set.
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