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(BPRW) Black PR Wire's June Power Profiler: Common

(BPRW) Black PR Wire’s June Power Profiler: Common

(Black PR Wire) Common is an artist known for often thoughtful, verbose lyricism and exploring varied sounds. Common was born Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr. on March 13, 1972, in Chicago, Illinois to educator Mahalia Ann Hines and basketball player Lonnie Lynn Sr. The young Lynn went on to adopt the stage name Common Sense and became an underground rapper who garnered a reputation for relatively thoughtful, progressive lyrics as compared to top-selling rap artists of the time. He released his debut album Can I Borrow a Dollar? on the Relativity label. His next album, Resurrection, came in 1994 and featured the single I Used to Love H.E.R. followed in 1997 by One Day It’ll All Make Sense, which included contributions from Lauryn Hill and De La Soul, among others.

After being sued by a band over usage of his performance alias, Lynn simply began to go by Common, as seen with the release of 2000’s Like Water for Chocolate, a hit album which featured production from Questlove and the single The Light, with additional musical contributors like D’Angelo, Macy Gray and Roy Hargrove. Common’s next album Electric Circus was much more experimental and diverse in its sonic orientation, with Mary J. Blige featured on the single Come Close. Other tracks hosted musicians like Jill Scott, Pharrell Williams, Erykah Badu, Cee Lo Green and Prince.

In 2003, Common won a Grammy for Best R&B Song for Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop), a collaboration with Badu that was featured on the 2002 soundtrack Brown Sugar. (He would receive another Grammy years later for the song Southside). In 2005, Common dropped the more straightforward, funk/soul-based Be, a No. 2 album on the Billboard charts. The project featured production from fellow Chi-town artist Kanye West, who also contributed lyrically to the single GO! and tracks The Food and They Say, with singer John Legend appearing on the latter song as well. Common has continued to focus on recording as seen with albums Finding Forever (2007; No. 1 on Billboard), Universal Mind Control (2008), The Dreamer/The Believer (2011) and Nobody’s Smiling (2014). Yet, he has also increasingly turned to acting, having made his television debut with a role on the sitcom, Girlfriends. Later TV projects included One on One and Hell on Wheels, with Common playing 19th-century character Elam Ferguson for several seasons.

The rapper/actor has also landed major parts for big-screen projects, among them American Gangster (2006), Terminator Salvation (2009) and the romantic dramedy Just Wright, playing an injured basketball star opposite Queen Latifah and Paula Patton. He’s also co-starred in family fare such as the animated Happy Feet Two (2011) and Disney’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012), in which he played a soccer coach. Other projects have included the drama LUV (2012), thriller/caper Now You See Me (2013) and Martin Luther King Jr. biopic Selma (2014), in which Common portrayed activist James Bevel. For Selma, Common and Legend won a Golden Globe for the song “Glory” as well as an Academy Award, with both artists using their Oscar acceptance speeches to highlight contemporary issues that connect to the Civil Rights Movement.

In addition to performance work, Common has authored a 2006 children’s book entitled I Like You but I Love Me (illustrations by Lorraine West), as well as a 2011 memoir named after his third album.


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