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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Exclusive: Extended Scene of David Oyelowo as MLK Jr.

Selma available for digital download this week.

Movies: First Look at Selma on DVD

Ava DuVernay's film is on DVD Tuesday, April 21. (4/20/2015)

Common Co-Stars in New Thriller Every Secret Thing

Actor/MC nabs role alongside Nate Parker, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Banks.

Usher, Gwen Stefani Headline Earth Day Rally

Mary J. Blige, Common and Train are also scheduled to perform.

Spike Lee Movie Chiraq Called an 'Insult'

Chicago alderman criticizes title of upcoming flick rumored to star Common, Kanye West, Samuel L. Jackson.

Music Stars and Lawsuits

Eminem, Kanye West, Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar and others hit with litigation.
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