Common (US rapper)

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Legal name: Lonnie Rashid Lynn (US rapper, aka Common)


Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr. (born March 13, 1972), better known by his stage name Common (formerly Common Sense), is an American hip hop recording artist, actor, and poet from Chicago, Illinois. Common debuted in 1992 with the album Can I Borrow a Dollar? and maintained a significant underground following into the late 1990s, after which he gained notable mainstream success through his work with the Soulquarians. In 2011, Common launched Think Common Entertainment, his own record label imprint, and, in the past, has released music under various other labels such as Relativity, Geffen and GOOD Music, among others.

Common's first major-label album, Like Water for Chocolate, received widespread critical acclaim and tremendous commercial success. His first Grammy Award was in 2003, winning Best R&B Song for "Love of My Life", with Erykah Badu. Its popularity was matched by May 2005's Be, which was nominated for Best Rap Album, at the 2006 Grammy Awards. Common was awarded his second Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, for "Southside" (featuring Kanye West), from his July 2007 album Finding Forever. His best-of album, Thisisme Then: The Best of Common, was released on November 27, 2007.

Common won the 2015 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, and the 2015 Academy Award for Best Original Song, for his song "Glory" from the 2014 film Selma, in which he co-starred as 1960s Civil Rights Movement leader James Bevel. Common's acting career also includes starring significant roles in the films Smokin' Aces, Street Kings, American Gangster, Wanted, Terminator Salvation, Date Night, Just Wright, Happy Feet Two, New Year's Eve and Run All Night. He also narrated the award-winning documentary Bouncing Cats, about one man's efforts to improve the lives of children in Uganda through hip-hop/b-boy culture. He starred as Elam Ferguson on the AMC western television series Hell on Wheels.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Can I Borrow a Dollar? Common 3
1994 Resurrection Common 5
1997 One Day It’ll All Make Sense Common 3
2000 Like Water for Chocolate Common 4 1
2002 Electric Circus Common 4 2
2005 Be Common 4.8 5
2007 Finding Forever Common 3.75 2
2008 Universal Mind Control Common 4 4
2011 The Dreamer / The Believer Common 4 2
2014 Nobody’s Smiling Common 5

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 Uncommon Classics, Volume 1 (Mixed by DJ Risky Bizness) Common 1
2007 Thisisme Then: The Best of Common Common 1
2010 Go! Common Classics Common 1
Uncommon: The Mixtape W/Mick Boogie Common 1

Album + Mixtape/Street

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 Senseibility Common 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Breaker 1/9 Common 1
1993 Soul by the Pound Common 1
1995 Resurrection Common 1
1999 One-Nine-Nine-Nine / Like They Used to Say Common 1
2000 Full Moon Armand van Helden feat. Common 2
2000 The Light Common 1
2001 Geto Heaven (Remix TSOI: The Sound of Illadelph) Common 1
2004 The Food Common 1
2005 The Corner Common 2
2005 Go! Common 1
2007 The People Common 1
2010 Good Friday Kanye West feat. Common, Pusha T, Kid Cudi, Big Sean & Charlie Wilson 1
2013 Switch Up Big Sean feat. Common 1
2014 Made in Black America Common feat. Ab-Soul 1
2014 Glory (From the Motion Picture "Selma") Common 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Come Close Remix (Closer) Common 1
2008 Announcement - EP Common 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Uncommonly Nasty Nas & Common 1

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