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Common

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Famous as :

Rapper

Birth Name :

Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr.

Birth Date :

March 13, 1972

Birth Place :

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Claim to fame :

Album "Like Water for Chocolate" (2000)

Biography


Common was born Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. on March 13, 1972 in Chicago's South Side. He was one of those kids whose parents got divorced while they were young His educator father left the family when he was six years old, leaving his counselor mother to take care of him. However, his father was still very much a big part of his life.

His mother would later remarry and teenage Common showed talents in both basketball and rap. His father found him a job as ball boy for the Chicago Bulls. His rap career, meanwhile, started in his cousin's home in Cincinnati and continued in high school when he formed a trio called C.D.R. The act indeed scored gigs as the opener of N.W.A. and Big Daddy Kane among others.

Latest News


Video: Common Joined Onstage by Kanye West During AAHH! Fest

September 23, 2014 08:39:41 GMT

The first annual AAHH! Fest took place at the Union Park in Chicago over the weekend. The event featured performances from Jay Electronica, , and among others.
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Rapper Common's Father Dies at 71

September 17, 2014 06:08:57 GMT

Rapper , whose real name is Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr., is mourning the death of his father Lonnie Lynn. Lynn, whose poems are featured in his rapper son's album, passed away on Friday, September 12 at the age of 71.
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MTV Video Music Awards 2014: Common Leads Moment of Silence for Ferguson

August 25, 2014 03:24:19 GMT

asked audience members at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards to pray for peace during the annual event which took place on Sunday, August 24 at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. The Chicago rapper led a moment of silence to honor an unarmed African American teenager who was fatally shot by an officer earlier this month, Mike Brown, before presenting an award for Best Hip Hop video.
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Anthony Mackie and Common Respond to Black Captain America

July 20, 2014 16:26:16 GMT

More Hollywood stars react to the announcement of Black Captain America. , who plays Sam Wilson a.k.a. Falcon in "", and rapper are among those weighing in on the news.
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Common Releases New Single 'War'

January 07, 2014 08:55:49 GMT

Shortly after announcing his album, "Nobody Smiling", released the first track off the forthcoming record. In the song entitled "War", the Chicago rapper describes the rough socioeconomic and cultural issues in his hometown.
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Common Crushes Rumors of Kanye West's Reported New Album 'Cruel Winter'

January 23, 2013 08:23:43 GMT

has finally put to rest rumors of a "Cruel Winter" album, a creative way of branding a sequel to the "" compilation album recorded by 's G.O.O.D. Music label artists which was released with Def Jam Recordings back in September. In an interview with Vulture magazine, Common denied the rumors, saying all the artists eyed for the follow-up compilation were busy working on their own individual projects.
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Bobby Brown Pleads Not Guilty to Third DUI Charge

November 17, 2012 06:14:23 GMT

pleaded not guilty to DUI charge stemming for his arrest on October 24. He didn't show up during the court hearing and was represented by lawyer Tiffany Feder in a Los Angeles court on Friday, November 16, Deputy City Attorney Diego Edber, who served as the prosecutor in the case, told E! News.
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Zoe Saldana, Anna Kendrick and Common Chosen to Read Spirit Awards 2013 Nominees

November 17, 2012 05:41:29 GMT

The 2013 edition of Spirit Awards has chosen three notable actors to announce its nominees on Tuesday, November 27. The selected stars were , and , so Film Independent toppers Sean McManus and Josh Welsh confirmed on Friday, November 16.
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Drake Insists Common Feud Is Not 'Hip-Hop Moment', but Ploy for Attention

January 31, 2012 07:59:38 GMT

doesn't share 's opinion when the G.O.O.D Music rapper described their feud as "the art of rhyming." The MC, who previously called the beef as a publicity stunt, stands his ground by insisting that what happened between them was a scheme to hype up the release of a certain album.
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Common Loves Drake's Song, Calls Their Feud 'the Art of Rhyming'

January 20, 2012 06:50:02 GMT

Though calling "amateur" and "Canada Dry," respects him. The "Ghetto Dreams" rhymer recently told Rolling Stone that regardless of what he said in his diss song, he actually likes the music recorded by the MC.
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Birdman on Drake and Common Feud: We Don't Condone Diss Records

January 11, 2012 03:50:03 GMT

has offered his thoughts on the feud between his homie and fellow rapper . While doing an interview with Power 106 in Los Angeles recently, the Cash Money label boss said he doesn't approve the idea of dissing other artists to sell records.
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Common Calls Drake 'Amateur' and 'Canada Dry' in 'Stay Schemin' ' Remix

January 10, 2012 04:27:18 GMT

fires back at in a remix of the Canadian rapper-featured song "Stay Schemin' ". The "Ghetto Dreams" MC goes after the "Marvin's Room" crooner as he specifically calls his foe a "Canada Dry."
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Artist of the Week: Common

December 19, 2011 06:41:25 GMT

is eying another top 10 album. The G.O.O.D Music rapper is predicted to easily break the top 10 list on Billboard Hot 200 with his ninth studio effort titled "" which is due to come out across the United States on December 20.
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Video Premiere: Common's 'Blue Sky'

October 29, 2011 02:07:08 GMT

has unleashed a music video filmed to support his latest single "Blue Sky". The clip directed by Parris features various different people, a ballerina, an artist, a violinist, and a basketball player, chasing their dream while keeping their heads held high.
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Michael C. Hall in Negotiation to Star in 'Big Fish' Musical

September 09, 2011 16:45:01 GMT

could be the lead star in a Broadway adaptation of Tim Burton's movie "". The "" star, according to Deadline, is negotiating with the musical stage production to replace first candidate, , next year.
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'Wendy Williams' Season 3 Guests Include Kate Gosselin, Common

September 09, 2011 15:06:12 GMT

"The Wendy Williams Show" will kick off its third season with as guest. The mother of sextuplet and twins was invited to the talk show on September 12 because her long-running reality show is ending its run on TLC in the same week.
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New Videos: Michelle Branch's 'Loud Music' and Common's 'Ghetto Dreams'

August 12, 2011 08:33:28 GMT

released a new music video around at the same time dropped his own. The country pop singer debuted her clip to promote a song called "Loud Music", while the rapper aims to support his track "Ghetto Dreams".
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Serena Williams NOT Engaged to Common

January 15, 2011 04:52:27 GMT

Tennis ace has dismissed reports she's planning a wedding with rapper , insisting he's yet to propose. The couple, which began dating in 2007, reunited late last year after a brief split and recent reports suggested the relationship had taken a serious turn.
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Common to Release Autobiography in June 2011

November 19, 2010 04:12:21 GMT

Rapper is set to lift the lid on his childhood and his rise to fame in a new autobiography. The hip-hop star has signed a deal to write a book about his life, which will explore his early days in his native Chicago, Illinois as well as his stellar music career.
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Common Defends 'Courageous' Kanye West Over 'Today' Interview

November 15, 2010 03:11:25 GMT

Rapper has come to the defense of his pal , branding the hip-hop star "courageous" for speaking out about his uncomfortable interview on U.S. TV this week. The "Stronger" hitmaker hit headlines after he took to his Twitter.com page to rant about his appearance on America's "Today" Show, claiming the questioning left him feeling "alone, used and tortured".
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Common Would Help Obama in Chicago Campaign

October 28, 2010 03:53:09 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama has enlisted the help of for an upcoming political rally in the rapper's home city of Chicago, Illinois. The American leader will host an event in his former senatorial seat on Saturday, October 30 ahead of the upcoming local elections and the hip-hop star will take to the stage to help drum up support for Obama's Democrats.
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Kanye West's New Song 'Good Friday' Ft. Kid Cudi and Common

September 11, 2010 07:07:20 GMT

Another track from has just been unleashed ahead of his new album release. The song is a star-studded affair with the likes of , , , and on the line-up.
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Serena Williams Reunites With Common After Foot Surgery

July 21, 2010 07:47:59 GMT

Rapper and his ex-girlfriend appear to be getting close again - thanks to a foot injury. The tennis ace has posted new bedroom photos of herself nursing a cast on her foot, surrounded by pals.
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Common and Serena Williams May Have Split

May 27, 2010 03:05:13 GMT

Rapper and tennis pro have called time on their two-year relationship, according to a U.S. report. The hip-hop star and the sportswoman are said to have ended their romance and gone their separate ways after they "just grew apart", according to American magazine In Touch Weekly.
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Tina Fey Has A-List Stars at Her 'Date Night' New York Premiere

April 07, 2010 04:30:07 GMT

20th Century Fox has invited celebrities to "" premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City on Tuesday, April 6 before dropping the movie in U.S. theaters on April 9. From Hollywood stars, including the cast members, to sportswoman and TV personality, they were seen showing up that night.
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Serena Williams Wants Kids But Is Forgetful

February 06, 2010 07:49:11 GMT

Tennis superstar is desperate to start a family with her rapper/actor boyfriend - but fears she is too forgetful to be a responsible mother. The sporting ace began dating Common last year and confesses she's starting to feel broody. But Williams is putting the idea on hold after accidentally leaving her pet pooch behind after a training session on the tennis courts.
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