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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 to NFL: Don't Blackball Colin Kaepernick, 'This Is America'

Common to NFL
Don't Blackball Colin Kaepernick ... 'This Is America'

Colin Kaepernick has been told flat-out he can't get an NFL tryout unless he quits kneeling ... and Common says that ain't right, especially not in this country.  … READ MORE >

LeBron James Does Voice Over Work for 'Smallfoot' Movie

LeBron James
Y'all Yeti For My Voice Overs?!

LeBron James switched gears from Basketball God to animated movie star in just a matter of hours Thursday morning ... showing off a voice over session for an upcoming flick!! James -- fresh… READ MORE >

- 30 days ago
Common Says Kanye West Deserves To Name His Kid After Chicago

Kanye Deserves To Name His Kid After Chicago

Kanye West has done so much for Chicago, naming his daughter after the Windy City is both awesome and deserving ... so says Common. Common seemed both happy and entertained by his… READ MORE >

- 91 days ago
91st Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Features Jimmy Fallon, Gwen Stefani, Pikachu & The Men in Blue!

91st Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Fallon, Stefani, Pikachu & The Men in Blue!

The 91st annual Thanksgiving Day Parade went off without a hitch Thursday morning thanks to a near perfect, yet chilly, November day in the Big Apple ... and plenty men in blue lining the Midtown… READ MORE >

- 149 days ago
Common: Serena Got Married? Didn't Know, But Congrats!

Serena Got Married? Didn't Know, But Congrats!

Here's Common saying he had NO IDEA his ex-girlfriend, Serena Williams, tied the knot last week ... but he's congratulating her anyway in one of the most interesting clips of the day.… READ MORE >

- 151 days ago
CNN's Angela Rye Getting Death Threats Tied to Dates with Common

Common's GF Angela Rye
Wave of Death Threats ... They're Gonna Find You 'Dead In a River'

CNN political analyst Angela Rye is getting flooded with menacing threats, and she says it began after she started dating Common ... TMZ has learned. According to court docs, Rye said… READ MORE >

- 151 days ago
Common Says Jerry Jones Has 'Slave Owner Mentality' with Threat to Bench Players

Jerry Jones Has 'Slave Owner Mentality' ... with Benching Threat

Common believes Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is exhibiting a "slave owner mentality" by saying he'd bench any player who "disrespects the flag" ... making HIM the unpatriotic one.… READ MORE >

- 193 days ago
Common Praises Colin Kaepernick in Wake of President Trump's NFL Bashing

Colin Kaepernick Has Saved Lives He'll Go Down in History!!!

Common's responding to President Trump's bashing of "son of a bitch" NFL players who take a knee during the anthem by going another route -- calmly praising the man who did it first as a hero. We… READ MORE >

- 210 days ago
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 >

- 229 days ago
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 >

- 297 days ago
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