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First known as a rapper who became one of the more prominent voices in hip-hop's new millennium renaissance, Common later transitioned into acting. He was born in Chicago, and is the son of educator Dr. Mahalia Ann Hines and Lonnie Lynn, an ABA basketball player turned youth counselor. On October 6, 1992, Common released his first LP, "Can I Borrow A Dollar?" under the Common Sense moniker. Tracks like "Charm's Alarm" and "Breaker 1-9" established him as a lyricist with wit, street-smarts, and love for extended similes, while tracks like "Heidi Hoe" would touch on the misogyny that would surface sparingly on future work. In 1994 he released "Resurrection", notable for the smooth 'Large Professor' produced title cut as well as "I Used To Love H.E.R.", an ode to hip-hop. This album further increased his underground reputation while giving the hip-hop nation a new solid conscientious voice in a year that was excellent for underground artists (Nas, Kendrick Davis, Digable Planet, et al.) After a name change brought on by a lawsuit, Common reemerged in 1997 with "One Day It'll All Make Sense". With guests ranging from Erykah Badu to Canibus to De La Soul and production help from mainstays No I.D. and Dug Infinite, the album had a distinctly underground flair. His big mainstream breakthrough album was yet to come. After an appearance on The Roots smash 1999 album, "Things Fall Apart," Common moved to MCA Records. He soon was in the studio collaborating with the Okayplayer collective and with help from the forward-thinking production troupe Ahmir-Khalib Thompson(aka ?uestlove),James 'Jay Dee' Yancey,James Poyser, et al) he released his fourth album, "Like Water For Chocolate" in the spring of 2000. With its varied sonic plateau (Afrobeat, funk, and old-school soul) it was much different from previous outings. On the strength of tracks like the 'DJ Premier' produced banger "The 6th Sense", the album was a success, becoming a worthy addition to "The Next Movement". In 2003 he released "Electric Circus". The album, a hip-hop/funk/soul/rock/psychedelia hybrid, polarized hip-hop fans like no other album has in recent memory. Common has also chosen to redefine himself, swearing off the alcohol, marijuana, and fornication that he had once indulged in. Also in 2003 he appeared in a TV sitcom episode. With only a couple minor roles between 2003 and 2004, in January of 2007 he made his big screen debut.  See full bio on IMDb »

Common Says Kanye's Wyoming Retreat is the Right Move for New Album (VIDEO)

In 'Ye I Trust ... I'm Down with Wyoming Retreat!!!

Common has the faith -- whatever Kanye's doing to find the creative spark to make a new album is the right move ... and it will be epic. We got the rapper Tuesday leaving Equinox in L.A. ... he's… READ MORE >

Common Explains Why Serena Williams Will Dominate After Baby (VIDEO)

Serena Will Dominate After Baby That's What G.O.A.T.'s Do!

Serena Williams' ex-boyfriend, Common, has NO DOUBT she'll return to tennis and dominate again after her baby is born ... calling Serena the greatest tennis player of all time! READ MORE >

- 16 days ago
Common Defends Snoop Dogg's Freedom of Expression in Trump Beef (VIDEO)

Defends Snoop's Trump Vid ... That's Hip-Hop!!

Common insists Snoop Dogg pulling a fake gun on a clown Trump is the kind of thing hip-hop artists have done for years, and rightfully so ... he says.   The… READ MORE >

- 71 days ago
Common Tells Trump and Feds to Stay Out of Chicago (VIDEO)

Says Trump and Feds Have No Business in Chicago

Common, in a very calm way, lashed out at President Trump for threatening to send the feds in to curb the violence in Chicago. We got the rapper and Chicago native at LAX Wednesday and he was… READ MORE >

- 120 days ago
Common Is Agreeing to Disagree with Kanye West's Trump Strategy (VIDEO)

Kanye's My Brother But When It Comes to Trump ...

Kanye's tete-a-tete with the Prez-elect doesn't change a thing between him and Common, even though the two friends don't seem to be on the same page. Common was leaving Equinox in West Hollywood… READ MORE >

- 162 days ago
Serena Williams -- Back With Common? Exes Kicked It in Compton (PHOTOS)

Serena Williams
Back With Common? Exes Kicked It in Compton

Serena Williams and Common raised eyebrows by spending a lil time together at a small private event Friday night ... sparking speculation they might be dating again. An eyewitness tells us Serena… READ MORE >

- 192 days ago
Common -- I Still Love D-Rose ... It Was Time To Move On (VIDEO)

I Still Love D-Rose ... It Was Time To Move On

There's one die-hard Chicagoan who's actually HAPPY Derrick Rose is no longer wearing a Bulls uniform ... Common ... who says the NBA star wanted out of the Chi, and he's happy he got his wish.… READ MORE >

- 333 days ago
Common -- Damian Lillard Can Rap ... 'I'd Work With Him' (VIDEO)

Damian Lillard's Got Legit Rap Skills ... 'I'd Work With Him'

Damian Lillard's exploding rap career just got its first legendary co-sign ... from Common ... who says Dame's skills on the mic are so FIRE ... he'd be down to work with him. Common was leaving… READ MORE >

- 366 days ago
Common -- I'd Rhyme with Michelle Obama Any Day!!! (VIDEO)

I'd Rhyme with Michelle Obama Any Day!!!

Common would do a collabo with Michelle Obama in a heartbeat. We got him grabbing a smoothie in WeHo and asked about the First Lady's foray into rapping. FLOTUS spit a rhyme… READ MORE >

- 489 days ago
Common -- HGH Is A Cop-Out ... Great Athletes Don't Need It (VIDEO)

HGH Is A Cop-Out Great Athletes Don't Need It!!!

Rap star Common says there are no shortcuts to greatness ... and athletes who use HGH can never, ever be compared to legends like Michael Jordan and LeBron James ... who did it au naturel. Common… READ MORE >

- 503 days ago
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