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Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. (born March 13, 1972 in Chicago, Illinois), better known by his stage name Common (previously Common Sense), is a Grammy award winning rapper, author and actor known for lyrics that focus on love and spirituality. Signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music, many people describe him as being a conscious hip hop artist who makes songs that send a message. He debuted in 1992 with the album Can I Borrow A Dollar? and maintained a significant underground following into the late 90s, after which he gained notable mainstream success through his work with the soulquarians. ...read more

Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. (born March 13, 1972 in Chicago, Illinois), better known by his stage name Common (previously Common Sense), is a Grammy award winning rapper, author and actor known for lyrics that focus on love and spirituality. Signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music, many people describe him as being a conscious hip hop artist who makes songs that send a message. He debuted in 1992 with the album Can I Borrow A Dollar? and maintained a significant underground following into the late 90s, after which he gained notable mainstream success through his work with the soulquarians.

As well as music, Common has worked as an actor, on the films Smokin' Aces (as Sir Ivy) American Gangster (as Turner Lucas) and Wanted. He can also be seen in cameo roles in films such as Brown Sugar.

His debut was the 1992 album Can I Borrow A Dollar?, but he achieved little critical or commercial success until 1994's Resurrection, an instant classic. He released several more albums, notably Like Water for Chocolate and the highly experimental Electric Circus, before releasing the Kanye West and J Dilla-produced Be in 2005, which was his first album to receive widespread mainstream appeal and radio playtime.

The 2007 album Finding Forever was produced mainly by long-time collaborator, Kanye West. Common released his eighth album Universal Mind Control in 2008, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album but lost to the Eminem album Relapse. He released his ninth album, The Dreamer/The Believer, in 2011.

Nobody’s Smiling, his tenth album, was released in 2014. The concept of the album was inspired by his troubled hometown of Chicago. « hide

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Nobody's Smiling
2014

3.2
36 Votes
The Dreamer/The Believer
2011

3.2
119 Votes
Universal Mind Control
2008

1.9
162 Votes
Finding Forever
2007

3.4
204 Votes
Be
2005

3.9
483 Votes
Electric Circus
2002

3.3
106 Votes
Like Water for Chocolate
2000

4
227 Votes
One Day It'll All Make Sense
1997

4
113 Votes
Resurrection
1994

4.2
250 Votes
Can I Borrow a Dollar?
1992

3
49 Votes

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