Common (rapper)

American rapper and actor

Lonnie Rashid Lynn (born March 13, 1972), better known by his stage name Common, is an American rapper and actor. He was born in Chicago, Illinois. His music has been compared to the likes of Kanye West.[source?]

Common performing in 2018
Common performing in 2018
Background information
Birth nameLonnie Rashid Lynn
Also known as
  • Common Sense
  • L. Liston
  • Willie Stargell[1]
Born (1972-03-13) March 13, 1972 (age 52)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
  • Rapper
  • actor
  • songwriter
Years active1991–present[4]
Member of

He graduated from Luther High School South. Later, he graduated from Florida A&M University.

He released his first album Can I Borrow a Dollar? using the stage name Common Sense. He started becoming more popular when he was forced to change his stage name. A reggae band from Orange County, California with the same name sued him.

He won an Oscar for co-writing the song "Glory" for the 2014 movie Selma. In 2018, Common was nominated for an Oscar. It was for the song Stand Up for Something from the 2017 movie Marshall.

Common appeared in many movies. These include Smokin' Aces, American Gangster, The Kitchen, Wanted, Terminator Salvation and Just Wright.


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  2. Anon. (May 11, 2011). "Common: 'Vile' or mainstream?". CNN. Archived from the original on December 6, 2020. Retrieved November 1, 2020.
  3. O'Connor, Christopher (March 29, 2000). "Common Moves Toward a Progressive Hip-Hop". MTV News. Retrieved July 15, 2021.
  4. Natasha (August 8, 2014). "The Light In Hip Hop: A Reflection On The Words & Works Of Common". The Source. Retrieved October 30, 2019.
  5. "Loma Vista – a recording company". Retrieved August 31, 2019.