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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Selma Coming to High Schools Everywhere

Paramount to give free DVDs of film to every institution.

MCs Who've Invaded the White House

Rappers that got invited to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Braggin' Writes: Rappers with Books

Hip hop stars who took their gift for words from the stage to the page.

Common Continues Hollywood Takeover With Two New Roles

Oscar winner joins Being Charlie and Suicide Squad.

The People's Climate Speaks on Earth Day

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

Exclusive: Extended Scene of David Oyelowo as MLK Jr.

Selma available for digital download this week.
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