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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 outward looking, 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 achieved mainstream popularity with a handful of gold-selling recordings. During the 2000s and 2010s, he juggled his recording career with a series of high-profile acting roles.

Common was born Lonnie Rashied Lynn on the South Side of Chicago. 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 Relativity-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. Shortly thereafter, he initiated an acting career that began with a small role on the television series Girlfriends.

Be (2005), a much tighter album that was produced primarily by Kanye West and released through West's GOOD Music label, netted 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 The Dreamer/The Believer (2011), released through Warner Bros., Common worked exclusively with longtime associate and friend No I.D. Much of the attention was directed at "Sweet," a track on which Common took swipes at rapper Drake. The same year, the AMC series Hell on Wheels debuted with Common as one of its main characters, emancipated slave Elam Ferguson. After the show's third season, Common released his tenth album -- his first for Def Jam -- titled Nobody Smiling (2014). Much of its content focused on the destructive violence that was occurring within his hometown. ~ Steve Huey & Andy Kellman, Rovi
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Comments

Smooth flow bring your mind at peace
Classic the beat grabs u immediately!
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 you life. However if you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on five songs in 143 min. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come of the screen in big letters
We need more of this stuff
Gooooooooooo o o o o , gooooooooooo o o o o o , gooooooooooo o o o o o o o
sweetmarie_4 0 4
Love me some Common. My "next lifetime husband."
Legendary ishhhh chappelle is the man
Smooth til this day...
One of my favorite MC 'S til this day let's keep it HIPHOP
He is soooo cool.smooth rapper
Real Talk!
WATTS UP TO MY PEPS ! IN THE CHI-
Love common he always been a cool. Cat money or not love him so much punkin 71st western Campbell Rockwell IH yea in Chameka 09 had to change my thing but this the same person chameka 09 and chaneka2014
Love!
if hip-hop is u ?this song! is me! ThatsHow deep ya'll
Kiss your hand
Say your crushes name
Close your hand
Say a week day
Say your name
Post this on 15 other songs
Your crush will ask you out on that day
Common keeps it tight ,my man.real nice track Playa
kwhitley316
Onimmkokj is hfbchch. ������������
Love this track & this guy! Both are Supa Sexy!!!!
there are times when you someone i will be by yo side there is a light that shines special for you and me this my shittttttttt t t t t t t t
IM 39 I LOVE COMMON .

EVEN IF YOU HATED HIM, YOU LOVED THIS TRACK "THE LIGHT"

TELL ME IN LYING...
love this its grovie like a 10 cent movie
cj173johnson 8
U
Looooooooove it
Best Rapper ever. Not enough that he's from Chicago but he's got the flow to keep the water running for years to come.
tameratam04
Common music takes me to another smooth zone. Love his music
The Bible has answers. Go here. http://gotqu e s t i o n s . o r g /
Soundcloud.c o m / j o h n - b a s e m e n t got dat real hiphop!
Follow me and read my bio
Love Common
Smooth classic!! Luv it!
jmlowry_78
Aboveground
jmlowry_78
Yea old navy fleece vest commercials yo
So underrated
Love it come close now I can. Go to sleep been waitin on this song all night fav song by Common 71 st Western Rockwell use 2 kick it still do wen I see him
RIP MS. ARMA SOUTH-SIDE
CHI-TOWN
LOVE IS....

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
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.
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