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Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. (born March 13, 1972), better known by his stage name Common (previously Common Sense), is an American hip-hop artist and actor. Common debuted in 1992 with the album Can I Borrow a Dollar? and maintained a significant underground following into the late 1990s, after which he gained notable mainstream success through his work with the Soulquarians. His first major-label album, Like Water for Chocolate, received widespread critical acclaim and tremendous commercial success His first Grammy award was in 2003 for Best R&B Song for "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)" with Erykah Badu. Its popularity was matched by May 2005's Be, which was nominated in the 2006 Grammy Awards for Best Rap Album. Common was awarded his second Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, for "Southside" (featuring Kanye West), from his July 2007 album Finding Forever. His best-of album, Thisisme Then: The Best of Common, was released on November 27, 2007. Common has also initiated a burgeoning acting career, starring significant roles in such films as Smokin' Aces, Street Kings, American Gangster, Wanted, Terminator Salvation, Date Night, Just Wright, Happy Feet Two, and New

Common in 'Suicide Squad' -- Definitely Black, But Black Manta?? (PHOTO)

Common in 'Suicide Squad'
Definitely Black ... But Black Manta??

All the fan sites pegged Common as playing Black Manta in the upcoming "Suicide Squad" movie -- 'cause, well ... y'know -- but now that we've seen him on set that doesn't appear to be the case.… READ MORE >

Serena Williams & Common -- BACK TOGETHER?? ... Exes Hang at Post-Oscar Bash

Serena & Common
BACK TOGETHER?? Exes Hang at Post-Oscar Bash

You don't let just anyone hold your Oscar ... which is why it was very interesting when Common let his ex-GF Serena Williams carry his statue around last night ... fueling rumors they could be… READ MORE >

- 128 days ago
Common -- Bears Should Hire Rex Ryan ... 'That'd Be Dope'

Bears Should Hire Rex Ryan 'That'd Be Dope'

Rex Ryan to the Bears??? There's one huge Chicago guy who likes the idea -- Common -- who tells TMZ Sports it would be "dope" if the former NY Jets coach blew into the Windy City. Sure, he… READ MORE >

- 176 days ago
Common -- Cold on Harry Potter's Rap Skills

Cold on Harry Potter's Rap Skills

Common caught some of Daniel Radcliffe rapping on 'Jimmy Fallon' the other night ... and gave us his honest review. But that wasn't enough to distract some people from something else -- Common's… READ MORE >

- 243 days ago
Lil Wayne & Ronaldo ... 'It Might Be a Great Partnership' ... Says Common

Lil Wayne & Ronaldo
'Might Be a Great Partnership' ... Says Common

Lil Wayne's sports management company has the potential to be HUGE -- and going after Cristiano Ronaldo to be client #1 could make for a "great partnership" ... so says rap superstar… READ MORE >

- 341 days ago
Captain America -- Going Black to the Future

Captain America
Going Black To the Future

The new Captain America has everyone buzzing because he’s supposed to be the first Black Captain America EVER!!! Just one problem -- there already WAS a black Cap. Remember? Guy in a do-rag?… READ MORE >

- 348 days ago
Common -- Black Capt. America Is 'A Beautiful Thing'

Black Capt. America Is 'A Beautiful Thing'

First a female Thor ... now a Black Captain America ... it's about time the universe of comic book heroes had some diversity ... so says rapper/actor Common -- who once saw his own superhero… READ MORE >

- 349 days ago
Common -- Jay Cutler DESERVES $126 Million Contract ... He's Got Super Bowl Potential

Jay Cutler DESERVES $126 Mil Contract ... He's Got Super Bowl Potential

Jay Cutler is worth every single penny of his brand new 7-year, $126 MILLION contract with the Chicago Bears, so says one of the Windy City's most famous sons, Common. The… READ MORE >

- 544 days ago
Common -- Snoop Dogg is NOT the Best Rapper/Actor ... But I Know Who is

Snoop Dogg isn't the Best Rapper/Actor But I Know Who is...

Common says Snoop Dogg was barking up the wrong tree when he declared himself the world's greatest rapper/actor ... 'cause he tells TMZ, someone else deserves the #1 spot.The "Hell on Wheels" star… READ MORE >

- 546 days ago
Common -- Kanye West's Right ... Chicago's an Ultra-Violent Place

Kanye's Right, Chicago's Ultra-Violent ... But We're Changing That

Kanye West wasn't exaggerating when he said people from Chicago aren't afraid to get violent -- and it's become a DEADLY problem in the Windy City ... so says Common.The rapper-slash-"Hell On… READ MORE >

- 621 days ago

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