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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Common, Slum Village to Headline 10th Annual DC Loves Dilla Concert

This year honors a "decade of the King of Beats."

Kevin Hart, Common, Ava DuVernay May Add Diversity to Oscars

Actors invited to join membership, director aims for board.

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These rappers have starring roles in some memorable shows.

Second Time Around: Music Stars With Success at Different Labels

Will Janet's winning streak continue as she ventures out on her own?

This Lauryn Hill Cover of Nina Simone’s ‘Feeling Good’ Will Give You Goosebumps

RCA releases track from Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone.

Common Rocks Tats and Piercings for Suicide Squad

The Oscar winner looks harder than ever for his new role.
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