Nationality: United States
Original name: Lonnie Rashied Lynn
Common (originally – Common Sense) was a highly influential figure in rap underground beginning of the 90s, he continued to adhere to their complex poetic techniques and excerpts from soft jazz-rap, even at a time when commercial gangsta rap was threatening to erase everything in its path.
Common (originally – Common Sense) was a highly influential figure in rap underground beginning of the 90s, he continued to adhere to their complex poetic techniques and excerpts from soft jazz-rap, even at a time when commercial gangsta rap was threatening to erase everything in its path. His literary, intelligent, witty poems and made political consciousness certainly did not fit with the fashion of the time, but he was able to win the part of the faithful, devoted listeners. In the late ’90s underground movement of the solid switched to the revival of the bohemian sensibility of alternative rap, and Common finally started to get more recognition as a real creative force. This is reflected not only in the fact that critics praised his albums, but also in the fact that he was able to sign with a major record label, which provided him more attention than ever.
Common (real name Lonnie Rashied Lynn) was born in the south of Chicago’s most famous are not abundant hip-hop scene. Despite this, he honed his art until he stretched his winning ticket – acting as Common Sense, he won the competition Unsigned Hype, conducted by a leading US magazine about hip-hop music, The Source. He debuted in 1992 with the single ‘Take It EZ’, which later appeared on his first album, ‘Can I Borrow a Dollar?’, Which was released under an independent label Combat Records; The following singles ‘Breaker 1/9’ and ‘Soul by the Pound’ helped establish his reputation in the hip-hop underground, although some critics complained that continually appear in his writings misogynistic overtones. Subsequently, Common Sense shook company Ruthless Records, will release in 1994, his latest album ‘Resurrection’, which cemented his reputation as one of the best (and most verbose) poets rap underground. Track ‘I Used to Love HER’ attracted the focus of his clever allegory about rap, gradually descends to the commercially demanded sex and violence, he even provoked short-lived feud with Ice Cube. Later, Common Sense was embroiled in a trial of some ska band, which bore the same name, and was forced to cut his nickname to ‘Common’; In addition, he moved from Chicago to Brooklyn.
Common released his first album under the new name in 1997 on ‘One Day It’ll All Make Sense’ was advantageously used the image of a budding novice smart hip-hop in the background of several famous guests, such as Lauryn Hill, Q-Tip, De La Soul, Erykah Badu, Cee-Lo and Black Thought of Animals in Roots. Press well received album, Common himself over the next couple of years added to his record number of notable guest appearances: on the album Pete Rock [Pete Rock] ‘Soul Survivor’, plus two brand new albums representatives of progressive hip-hop movement – ‘Black Star’ Mos Def and Talib Kweli and ‘Things Fall Apart’ Animals in Roots. Common is also connected to key indie rap – Rawkus label for a one-off collaboration with Sadat X within the song ‘1-9-9-9’, which later appeared on the regularly published collection of the label ‘Soundbombing, Vol. 2 ‘.
Since his name was marred in all “right places», Common has made cooperation with one of the leading record companies MCA and invited as a producer for his next project drummer The Roots? Uestlove. Album ‘Like Water for Chocolate’ was released in early 2000 and has actually become a major breakthrough, being able to attract more attention than any other album Common’a at the time (this was made possible in part thanks to the huge resources promoutingovym MCA). This time, the album was attended by Macy Gray, MC Lyte, Cee-Lo, Mos Def, D’Angelo, jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove and star African-bit Femi Kuti (in tribute to the legendary father Fela). In addition, the singles ‘The Sixth Sense’ and ‘The Light’ (the latter was nominated for a Grammy for best rap single among solo artists) are widely broadcast on radio and TV. This success was to Common’a platform for the next record, where he appeared on the album Mary J. Blige ‘No More Drama’ in early 2002. To date, the most personal of his work – this is the album ‘Electric Circus’, released in 2002 .
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