Lonnie Corant Jaman Shuka Rashid Lynn Jr. is an American rapper, actor, narrator, chef and writer. He debuted in 1992 with the album Can I Borrow a Dollar?, gained critical acclaim with his 1994 album Resurrection. In 2003, he won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song for the Erykah Badu single ‘Love of My Life’ He starred as Elam Ferguson on the AMC western television series Hell on Wheels.
About Common (rapper) in brief
Lonnie Corant Jaman Shuka Rashid Lynn Jr. is an American rapper, actor, narrator, chef and writer. Common debuted in 1992 with the album Can I Borrow a Dollar?, gained critical acclaim with his 1994 album Resurrection. His first major-label album Like Water for Chocolate 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 a commercial success and was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2006 Grammy Awards. In 2011, Common launched Think Common Entertainment, his own record label imprint, having previously released music under various other labels including Relativity, Geffen, and GOOD Music. He starred as Elam Ferguson on the AMC western television series Hell on Wheels. He also narrated the documentary Bouncing Cats, about one man’s efforts to improve the lives of children in Uganda through hip-hopb-boy culture. He is the son of educator and former principal of John Hope College Preparatory High School, Mahalia Ann Hines and former ABA basketball player turned youth counselor Lonnie Lynn. Common won the 2015 Golden Globe Award forbest Original Song and the Academy Award for best Original Song, for his song ‘Glory’ from the 2014 film Selma. He has also appeared in 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 and Hunter Killer.
He collaborated with Djelara on a remake of Tounkim of Kuti’s ‘Years of Tears’ He has appeared on several compilation albums, including Red Hot Organization tribute album, Red Hot and Riot in 2002. His music has been compared to the music of N.W.A. and West Coast rap group E.E.R.C. The song ‘I Used to Love H R’ from E. E. R. ignited a feud with the group Westside Connection, which Common responded to with the song ‘Westside Slaughterhouse’ Common has also mentioned the cause of the West Coast gangsta rap culture in his songs, including ‘West Side Slaughterhouse’, ‘Used to love H R’, and ‘I Got A Girl’ He is married to singer/songwriter/producer/actress Yasiin Bey, and has a daughter, Jazzy Jeff, with whom he has released two albums and a number of singles. His son, Common Sense, was born on March 13, 1972 at the Chicago Osteopathic Hospital in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. He was raised in the Calumet Heights neighborhood. Lynn began rapping in the late 1980s, while a student at Luther High School South in Chicago, when he, along with two of his friends, formed C. D. R, a rap trio that opened for acts such as N. W. A and Big Daddy Kane. In 1991, Lynn began a solo career under the stage name Common Sense.