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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Music Stars and Lawsuits

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

Azealia Banks Joins the Cast of RZA’s Musical Drama

Harlem MC will star in It Doesn't Have to Rhyme alongside Common and Jill Scott.

Rappers Who Channel the Spirit of Malcolm X

MCs who embody the essence of Al-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz.

Common Receives Honorary Doctorate From Winston-Salem

Rapper gets his degree, delivers commencement speech at the HBCU; "This is one of the best days of my life," he says.

Celebrities: Think You're New Black? Think Again

Damon Young of Very Smart Brothas explains. (5/13/2015)
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