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Common

Common (originally Common Sense) was a highly influential figure in rap's underground during the '90s, keeping the sophisticated lyrical technique and flowing syncopations of jazz-rap alive in an era when commercial gangsta rap was threatening to obliterate everything in its path. His literate, intelligent, nimbly performed rhymes and political consciousness certainly didn't fit the fashions of the moment, but he was able to win a devoted cult audience. By the late '90s, a substantial underground movement had set about reviving the bohemian sensibility of alternative rap, and Common finally started to receive wider recognition as a creative force. Not only were his albums praised by critics, but he was able to sign with a major label that guaranteed him more exposure than ever before.

Common was born Lonnie Rashied Lynn on the South Side of Chicago, an area not exactly noted for its fertile hip-hop scene. Nonetheless, he honed his skills to the point where -- performing as Common Sense -- he was able to catch his first break, winning The Source magazine's Unsigned Hype contest. He debuted in 1992 with the single "Take It EZ," which appeared on his Combat-released debut album, Can I Borrow a Dollar?; further singles "Breaker 1/9" and "Soul by the Pound" helped establish his reputation in the hip-hop underground, although some critics complained about the record's occasional misogynistic undertones. Common Sense subsequently wound up on Ruthless Records for his 1994 follow-up, Resurrection, which crystallized his reputation as one of the underground's best (and wordiest) lyricists. The track "I Used to Love H.E.R." attracted substantial notice for its clever allegory about rap's descent into commercially exploitative sex-and-violence subject matter, and even provoked a short-lived feud with Ice Cube. Subsequently, Common Sense was sued by a ska band of the same name, and was forced to shorten his own moniker to Common; he also relocated from Chicago to Brooklyn.

Bumped up to parent label Relativity, Common issued the first album under his new name in 1997. One Day It'll All Make Sense capitalized on the fledgling resurgence of intelligent hip-hop with several prominent guests, including Lauryn Hill, Q-Tip, De La Soul, Erykah Badu, Cee-Lo, and the Roots' Black Thought. The album was well received in the press, and Common raised his profile with several notable guest spots over the next couple of years; he appeared on Pete Rock's Soul Survivor, plus two watermark albums of the new progressive hip-hop movement, Mos Def and Talib Kweli's Black Star and the Roots' Things Fall Apart. Common also hooked up with indie rap kingpins Rawkus for a one-off collaboration with Sadat X, "1-9-9-9," which appeared on the label's seminal Soundbombing, Vol. 2 compilation.

With his name popping up in all the right places, Common landed a major-label deal with MCA, and brought on Roots drummer ?uestlove as producer for his next project. Like Water for Chocolate was released in early 2000 and turned into something of a breakthrough success, attracting more attention than any Common album to date (partly because of MCA's greater promotional resources). Guests this time around included Macy Gray, MC Lyte, Cee-Lo, Mos Def, D'Angelo, jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove, and Afro-beat star Femi Kuti (on a tribute to his legendary father Fela). Plus, the singles "The Sixth Sense" and "The Light" (the latter of which earned a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Solo Performance) earned considerable airplay. Following that success, Common set the stage for his next record with an appearance on Mary J. Blige's No More Drama in early 2002. He issued his most personal work to date with Electric Circus, a sprawling album that polarized fans, in December of that year. Be, a much tighter album that was produced primarily by Kanye West, followed in May 2005, netting four Grammy nominations. West remained on board for both Finding Forever (2007) and the lighter Universal Mind Control (2008), though the Neptunes dominated the latter. For 2011's The Dreamer/The Believer, Common worked exclusively with longtime associate and friend No I.D. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Comments

digital_icho r
nothing but love for his older stuff… I gotta say though took a quick listen to nobody’s smiling… ouch. production is ugly and the content is the same stuff he called out as garbage back in the day.. shame.
I love you common
just got 5 of his albums and bought his book. i love anyting this guy does
I like this song, but I like the name PRo better xP
Love Common fav song by Common come close Also like how most of his songs go off weird cool cat fun times now I can go 2 sleep waited all night 4 this song 2 come on thankyou Pandora
Deal...the most uncommon...C O M M O N .
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Say iPhone five times and post this to two another songs
pckpr
I hate this song I think pandara should play the music what we have type in to listen agree
Love this song
I'm listening to Fleaux Radio: http://pdora . c o / 1 n 9 M A d g
WOW!!!!!! DEEP!!!!!! Listen y'all
I <3 Lonnie!!! #Common
This reminded me why I love Common! Gots to buy this album again.
I was feeling comatose until this song came on and got me moving!!!!
And giving Kenya West all the credit, should ask Common
Can't believe NO J Dilla in Bio, wow so disappointed in pandora
Common's old sh!t is sooooo much better.
havent heard this s**t since i was like 8. dam hella throw back. love this s**t tho
WINDY CITY MUCH♥ KILLA CALI E/S 103RD ST
That is timeless classic hip-hop at its finest!!!!!!
One of the best lyricist of all time
Check out my sail remix! Every view means alot to me
https://soun d c l o u d . c o m / a _ g o o d _ m o v e m e n t / s a i l - r e m i x
I swear whenever I listen to common, I get so happy ^-^
Common. That. A. Ugly. Name
Common is one of those who has talent and always be honest. He makes you love his lyrics
Real sheet
°}~~~ WINDY CITY SOUTHSIDE ~~~{° JOE★☆★ 80'S
vatos locos foreve
★★★CHI TO CALI SOUTH TO THE EAST SIDE E/S 103RD ST MUCH♥♡♥ ★★
madibhuddles t o n
I like Common`s demeanor
sariyahb
Love!
One of the REALEST hiphop artist of our time.... You really have to listen to Common #Lyrics in ALL of his songs... #Message #Truth #Real *Driving Me Wild*
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
lmao @ can i borrow a $ ?
Common iz Sense !
Common sh!!!!!!!!!! t be jamming..... . . . . . .
wmg12448
Zachary
I want you!!! Common! Love this song.
Love this song,
This beat tho.....
bringin me back!
Forever Will this Song Blaze in My Hip Hop Heart & Soul - This Song is a PURE EXAMPLE of MUSIC
Love this guy... Common is a great poet, story teller, actor and rapper.... This is what you call hip hop... Just listen to his words... #Power #Freedom #Equal #Love #Foundation #Light ;)
Real hip hop,like he said
Just thinking about this song and what happen.. Pandora plays it!
Dont sleep on him
THIS IS MY SHITTTTTTTTT T T T T T T
The Corner - Gotta be top 10 hip hop song of all time. There is NOTHING about that song that isn't great.
F**KY FRESH
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