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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 Tiger Woods Overcame His Demons, He's Back

Tiger Beat His Demons ... He's Back!

Chicks. DUI. Chicks. Injuries. Chicks. Donald Trump. Chicks. Chicks. Chicks.  Tiger Woods has had A LOT of drama over the years ... but Common says he's incredibly proud of the guy for… READ MORE >

Common Says Serena Got Screwed, Ref Shoulda Let Outburst Slide

Serena Got Screwed Ref Shoulda Let Outburst Slide

Awwww, the widdle U.S. Open judge has hurt feewings?? SUCK IT UP, PAL, YOU DON'T DOCK SERENA WILLIAMS A FULL GAME PENALTY!! At least, that's how Common feels about the drama involving his… READ MORE >

- 62 days ago
Nicki Minaj Says Cardi B Fight Has Made Her the Winner in Album Sales and Radio

Nicki Minaj
Thanks, Cardi B ... My Business is Exploding!!!

Nicki Minaj thinks Cardi B took a giant L in their war that almost erupted in hand-to-hand combat, because Nicki's business empire has gotten even bigger, her radio show has shot to #1 and… READ MORE >

- 63 days ago
Common Says Blackface is Never Appropriate, Even for Hollywood Stand-ins

It's 2018, People ... No Excuse Ever for Blackface

Common says if a stand-in for a movie or TV show requires makeup to match skin complexion with the actor ... the director better find a new stand-in. We got the rapper/actor leaving Equinox… READ MORE >

- 104 days ago
Common Backs Serena Williams, 'Yes, She's Being Discriminated Against'

Serena Is Being Discriminated Against ... 'She's a Black Woman'

Common is strongly siding with his ex-GF, Serena Williams -- telling TMZ Sports someone is trying to "take her down" by drug testing her more than usual ... and it's all because… READ MORE >

- 111 days ago
Karl-Anthony Towns to LeBron, 'Call Me!'

Karl-Anthony Towns
Hey, LeBron ... 'Call Me!'

If LeBron James is looking to cast people in his upcoming movie ... look no further than Karl-Anthony Towns!! We got the Minnesota Timberwolves superstar out in Hollywood with his smokin' hot… READ MORE >

- 123 days ago
Common Says He'd Love To Do A Movie With LeBron (Again)

LeBron, Call Me Let's Work Together (Again)

LeBron James hasn't been in L.A. two weeks and the stars are already falling out of the sky to work with him -- this time it's Common, who tells TMZ Sports he's ITCHING to do movie biz with the… READ MORE >

- 123 days ago
Common Agrees Papa John's Founder Had to Go After Using N-Word

Papa John's Founder Had To Go You Can't Use The N-Word!

Common says there's now a zero-tolerance policy for using the n-word ... so he's not surprised former Papa John's founder John Schnatter is out of a job. Here's the thing ... Common says he… READ MORE >

- 124 days ago
Common Says Beyonce and Jay-Z's Album Celebrates Love and Creativity

Jay & Bey's New Album? Love & Creativity is Beautiful!!!

Beyonce and Jay-Z working together is a win, win, win -- for their marriage, for their fans and for music, in general ... according to Common. We got him leaving Craig's Saturday night and he… READ MORE >

- 149 days ago
Common Says NFL Anthem Policy Is Un-American

NFL Anthem Policy Is Un-American

Common says the new NFL anthem policy is robbing players of their freedom of speech -- and that's not what this country is supposed to be about.  "I just think ... telling people what they… READ MORE >

- 173 days ago
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