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.

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Premo readies for first dual album since Gang Starr.

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When these superstars team up the results are always stellar.

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Eminem, Kanye West, Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar and more.

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Jennifer Lopez, Rosa Acosta, Christina Milian and others in recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

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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.
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