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Common

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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 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 »

LATEST STORIES
  
Common -- I Still Love D-Rose ... It Was Time To Move On (VIDEO)

Common
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 >

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

Common
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 >

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

Common
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 >

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

Common
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 >

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

Common
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 >

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

Common
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 >

- 395 days ago
Common -- Uncommonly Mature Over Serena Williams and Drake Romance (VIDEO)

Common
Uncommonly Mature Over Serena & Drake Romance

Common seems genuinely happy Serena Williams is back with Drake ... which is especially impressive given the history between the 2 rappers over the tennis superstar.  We got Common… READ MORE >

- 400 days ago
Common -- Serena Williams Has a $1 MILLION Body!!!

Common
Serena Williams Has a $1 MILLION Body!!!

They may not be together anymore, but Common still has Serena Williams' back ... and front ... saying criticism of her body is INSANE -- 'cause she has a physique that people pay a LOT of money… READ MORE >

- 441 days ago
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 >

- 477 days ago
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 >

- 585 days ago

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