Before Common was an actor and an author he was a certified emcee. He took his career to the next level when he signed with G.O.O.D. Music in 2004.
The Chi-town connection between Common and Kanye is so real that it translated into the music on Common's album Be, which Kanye produced the majority of. Don't forget that that album was nominated for four Grammys.
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