Common (US rapper)

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Lonnie Rashid Lynn (born March 13, 1972), known by his stage name Common (also known as Common Sense), is an American rapper and actor. He debuted in 1992 with the album Can I Borrow a Dollar?, and gained critical acclaim with his 1994 album Resurrection. He maintained an underground following into the late 1990s. He achieved mainstream success through his work with the Soulquarians.

His first major-label album, Like Water for Chocolate (2000), received commercial success. In 2003, he won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song for the Erykah Badu single "Love of My Life". His 2005 album Be was also successful and was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2006 Grammy Awards. He received his second Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for "Southside" (featuring Kanye West), from his 2007 album Finding Forever. His best-of album, Thisisme Then: The Best of Common, was released in late 2007. In 2011, he launched Think Common Entertainment, his own record label imprint, having previously released music under various other labels including Relativity, Geffen and GOOD Music.

Common won the 2015 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and the Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Glory", which he co-wrote and performed with John Legend, from the 2014 film Selma, in which he co-starred as Civil Rights Movement leader James Bevel. Common has also acted in the films Smokin' Aces, Street Kings, American Gangster, Wanted, Terminator Salvation, Date Night, Just Wright, Happy Feet Two, New Year's Eve, Run All Night, Being Charlie, Rex, John Wick: Chapter 2, Smallfoot, Hunter Killer and All About Nina. He narrated the documentary Bouncing Cats, about one man's efforts to improve the lives of children in Uganda through hip-hop/b-boy culture; and starred as Elam Ferguson on the AMC western television series Hell on Wheels.

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1992Can I Borrow a Dollar?Common Sense33
1994ResurrectionCommon Sense46
1997One Day It’ll All Make SenseCommon4
2000Like Water for ChocolateCommon45
2002Electric CircusCommon42
2007Finding ForeverCommon3.753
2008Universal Mind ControlCommon46
2011The Dreamer / The BelieverCommon42
2014Nobody’s SmilingCommon5
2016Black America AgainCommon45
2019Let LoveCommon6
2020A Beautiful Revolution, Pt. 1Common2
2021A Beautiful Revolution, Pt. 2Common2

Album + Compilation

2001Uncommon Classics, Volume 1 (Mixed by DJ Risky Bizness)Common1
2007Thisisme Then: The Best of CommonCommon2
2010Go! Common ClassicsCommon1
2014Playlist: The Very Best of CommonCommon1
2015The Light: A Collection of Common Classics Produced by J DillaCommon & J Dilla1
Uncommon: The Mixtape W/Mick BoogieCommon1

Album + Compilation + DJ-mix

2008Time Travelin'Common / DJ Soul1

Album + Live

2016Live at the Jazz RoomCommon1

Album + Mixtape/Street

2004Soul & SenseSoul Supreme & Common Sense1
2008Can I Borrow 99 Cents for the New Common Album?Common1


1992Breaker 1/9Common Sense1
1993Soul by the PoundCommon1
1994I Used to Love H.E.R. / CommunismCommon Sense1
1997Reminding Me (Of Sef)Common1
1999One-Nine-Nine-Nine / Like They Used to SayCommon1
2000Full MoonArmand van Helden feat. Common3
2000The LightCommon2
2000The Light / The 6th Sense (Something U Feel)Common1
2001Geto Heaven (Remix TSOI: The Sound of Illadelph)Common1
2002Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)Erykah Badu feat. Common1
2004The FoodCommon1
2005The CornerCommon3
2007A DreamCommon & will.i.am1
2007The PeopleCommon1
2007Drivin’ Me WildCommon feat. Lily Allen1
2009Make Her SayKid Cudi feat. Kanye West & Common3
2010Good FridayKanye West feat. Common, Pusha T, Kid Cudi, Big Sean & Charlie Wilson1
2013Switch UpBig Sean feat. Common1
2014Made in Black AmericaCommon feat. Ab-Soul1
2014Glory (From the Motion Picture "Selma")Common & John Legend1
2016Running (Refugee Song)Keyon Harrold feat. Common & Gregory Porter&1
2016Black America AgainCommon1
2016Forever Black America AgainCommon feat. Gucci Mane, Pusha T & BJ the Chicago Kid1
2019HER LoveCommon & Daniel Caesar1
2020Sabor Do RioSérgio Mendes & Common1
2020Golden TicketBrasstracks, Masego, Common1
2020ChangeJermaine Dupri, Ne‐Yo, Johntá Austin, Common, Gary Clark Jr., Eric Bellinger, Rotimi, Detroit Youth Choir, PJ Morton, Smokie Norful, Wanya Morris, Big Rube, Bryan-Michael Cox, Anthony Hamilton, Keedron Bryant, Kirk Franklin & Jac Ross1

Single + Remix

2017Rain (Bloom remix)Common feat. John Legend1


2003Come Close Remix (Closer)Common3
2008Announcement - EPCommon1

Other + Compilation

2008Time Travelin'Common1

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