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, and American Gangster with Denzel Washington. He also has a starring role on the AMC series, Hell On Wheels.

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Kanye West Makes Surprise Homecoming in Chicago

Yeezy blesses inaugural AAHH! Fest stage alongside Common to support Chi Town's youth employment initiatives.

Obama Launches Sexual Assault Awareness Campaign

Kerry Washington, Common and Questlove will be featured in the anti-rape PSAs.

Show Highlights

Snoop returns to host the Hip Hop Awards. From on stage cyphers to jokes by Snoop, it was an all-star affair.

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Plus Rihanna gives CBS the finger, and Shad Moss quits music.

Inside Rehearsals

BET.com takes you inside rehearsals.

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K. Dot preps fans for new single, Trigga is taken and more! (9/18/2014)
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