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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 Hopes His New Book Helps Other Molestation Victims Heal

Opens Up About Being Molested ... I Want to Help Others Like Me

Common's on a newfound mission to help victims of molestation -- like himself -- and says his just-released book is the first step in making it happen. The multitalented star was leaving NBC in… READ MORE >

Common Doesn't Think Kaepernick's a Sellout for Settling with NFL

Kap's No Sellout for Settling ... The Journey's What Matters

Colin Kaepernick is far from a sellout by settling with the NFL -- because he shed an important spotlight along the way that won't soon be forgotten ... so says Common.  We got the… READ MORE >

- 96 days ago
Common Says NFL Doesn't Support Black People, 'I'm with Kap'

NFL Doesn't Support Black People ... 'I'm with Kap'

Common says he loves Travis Scott -- but really wishes the guy would PULL OUT of the Super Bowl halftime show over the way the league has treated Colin Kaepernick. "I ain't with supporting the… READ MORE >

- 128 days ago
Common Admits Black Community Failed R. Kelly Survivors, Says That Ends Now

Common on R. Kelly
Black Community Failed Survivors But, That Ends Now!!!

Common is copping to turning a blind eye to the allegations about R. Kelly abusing women ... saying he and the entire black community should have put a stop to it long ago. We… READ MORE >

- 137 days ago
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 >

- 243 days ago
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 >

- 255 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 >

- 255 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 >

- 296 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 >

- 303 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 >

- 316 days ago
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