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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 Looking for a Good Bunker, N. Korea Nuclear Threat Is Serious

I Need a Bunker!!! N. Korea Threat Is Serious

Common is taking the news out of North Korea very seriously, and knows exactly where he's heading if things really do go nuclear. The singer was at LAX Sunday when he reacted to reports N. Korea… READ MORE >

Common Says BET Weekend Beefs Are So '90s

BET Weekend Beefs Are So '90s Time To Keep The Peace

If you're a rapper starting fights during BET weekend in L.A., then you might as well be rockin' FUBU and JNCO jeans, or just plain have too much time on your hands, at least according to Common.… READ MORE >

- 84 days ago
Brandy Norwood Serenaded by Common After Health Scare

Serenaded by Common ... After Health Scare

Brandy Norwood is doing just fine after her airplane medical emergency ... but Common treated her extra special at his concert Thursday night anyway. The rapper brought Brandy onstage at the… READ MORE >

- 89 days ago
Halle Berry, I'm Not Pregnant, Dammit!!! (PHOTO + VIDEO)

Halle Berry
I'm Not Pregnant, Dammit!!!

Halle Berry is not pregnant ... repeat, not pregnant ... this according to reliable sources very close to the actress. This pic raised some eyebrows over the weekend, but Halle shot the rumors… READ MORE >

- 107 days ago
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 >

- 133 days ago
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 >

- 134 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 >

- 188 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 >

- 238 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 >

- 280 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 >

- 310 days ago
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