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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


Azealia Banks and Common to Star in RZA-Directed Rap Movie

May 27, 2015 20:33:32 GMT

and team up in a Brooklyn-set feature film. It is expected to mark her first starring role in a movie. sits behind the lens after previously making his directorial debut in 2012 with "" starring .
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Common Is Added to 'Barbershop 3'

April 29, 2015 06:53:56 GMT

"" cast . The rapper joins and Cedric the Entertainment who will reprise their respective roles as Calvin Palmer and Eddie. and are also expected to star in the threequel.
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Common Rumored to Play Black Manta in 'Suicide Squad'

April 27, 2015 05:33:41 GMT

The role that is going to play in the upcoming DC movie "" may have come to light. In a Twitter post, Joblo's editor-in-chief Paul Shirey claims the "Glory" rapper is tapped to play 's villain, the Black Manta, in the David Ayer-directed antihero flick.
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Common Enlists in 'Suicide Squad'

April 23, 2015 06:40:01 GMT

, who was born Lonnie Lynn, has joined the cast of David Ayer's "". According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor has closed a deal to join the cast but his role is still undisclosed.
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University Cancels Common as Commencement Speaker due to 'A Song for Assata' Lyrics

April 02, 2015 02:58:46 GMT

is no longer expected to be the commencement speaker this year at New Jersey's Kean University. The school has decided to cancel the rapper's appearance after police voiced concerns over the lyrics of his song "A Song for Assata".
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Oprah Winfrey and Common to Guest Star on 'Empire' Season 2

March 14, 2015 04:37:49 GMT

and are going to appear in next season of "", Lee Daniels has confirmed. The Academy Award-winning director who co-created the hit freshman drama broke the news at a screening of the show in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 12.
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Oscars 2015: Common and John Legend Perform Best Original Song Winner 'Glory'

February 23, 2015 06:50:31 GMT

and 's performance was one of the highlights of the 87th Annual Academy Awards. Taking the stage at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday night, February 22, the duo moved some A-listers in the audience to tears as they delivered a powerful rendition of their collaboration "Glory".
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Common Confirms Beyonce Will Introduce His 'Glory' Performance at the Grammys

February 05, 2015 08:25:37 GMT

' performance at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards has been confirmed. , who's been officially added to the line-up for the upcoming event, told Us Weekly that the R&B diva would indeed participate in a tribute to "", singing "Take My Hand Precious Lord" before he and play their Oscar-nominated "Glory" from the film's soundtrack.
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Common and John Legend Confirmed to Perform 'Glory' at the Oscars

January 28, 2015 06:37:48 GMT

and have officially been added to the list of performers for the upcoming 87th Annual Academy Awards. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron who will produce the event announced on Tuesday, January 27 that the two stars would perform "Glory" which they recorded for "".
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Common Premieres Music Video for Golden Globe-Winning 'Glory' Ft. John Legend

January 13, 2015 07:34:08 GMT

and have premiered the official music video for their collaboration "Glory". The clip debuted on the rapper's Vevo on Monday, January 12, just a day after the song from the "" soundtrack won the Best Original Song Award at the 2015 Golden Globes.
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Common Gives Emotional Speech After 'Glory' Wins Best Original Song at Golden Globes

January 12, 2015 04:44:43 GMT

had a glorious night at the 2015 Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, January 11. The rapper's "Glory", which he recorded with for the soundtrack of "", came out as the winner in the Best Original Song category.
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John Legend and Common Debut 'Glory' From 'Selma' Soundtrack

December 05, 2014 07:22:19 GMT

teamed up with rapper for an original song set to be featured on the upcoming movie "". Titled "Glory", the track has just been debuted online by the Grammy Award-winning singer via his SoundCloud page.
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Video: Brandy, Common, Rae Sremmurd and More Perform at 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards

October 15, 2014 08:27:33 GMT

Some biggest names in the game performed at 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards that aired on Tuesday, October 14. was among those stars, celebrating the 20th anniversary of her debut single "I Wanna Be Down" by reuniting with , MC Lyte and Yo-Yo to sing the hip-hop remix to the song.
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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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