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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 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 >

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 >

- 89 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 >

- 131 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 >

- 161 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 >

- 301 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 >

- 335 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 >

- 457 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 >

- 472 days ago
Common -- I'm a Baller Athlete ... I Can Score On Michael Jordan

I'm a Baller Athlete ... I Can Score On Michael Jordan

Fact: Common used to be the ball boy for the Chicago Bulls Fact: Common used to challenge Michael Jordan to 1-on-1 Fact: Common says he turned into a pretty solid athlete ... who can actually… READ MORE >

- 598 days ago
Common --  Possibly Breaks Major NBA Trade News ... Maybe

Possibly Breaks NBA Trade News ... Maybe

NBA star Markieff Morris could be on his way to the Houston Rockets … if Common’s Instagram is to be believed … and if the photo he posted is actually of Markieff and not his… READ MORE >

- 601 days ago