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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Celebrities: Selma: Civil Rights Then & Now

Celebs discuss the importance of civil rights then and now. (12/19/2014)

106 & Park: We March to ‘Selma’ With Common

Guest Rewind: The rapper talks the timeless of the film and more. (12/16/2014)

Music Stars and Lawsuits

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

Apple Teams Up With the Hip Hop Caucus for New Album

HOME features vocals from Common, Ne-Yo, Elle Varner and more.

When Lovers Get Dragged Into Hip Hop Beefs

Rappers who got too personal in their battles.

Serena Williams Tells Fans She 'Desperately' Wants a Family

The tennis star shares personal answers with Twitter crowd.
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