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First known as a rapper who became one of the more prominent voices in hip-hop's new millennium renaissance, Common later transitioned into acting. He is the son of educator Dr. Mahalia Ann Hines and Lonnie Lynn, an ABA basketball player turned youth counselor. On October 6, 1992, Common released his first LP, "Can I Borrow A Dollar?" under the ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »

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Smokin' Aces
Smokin' Aces Sir Ivy
Selma James Bevel
Wanted The Gunsmith
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 2016 Barbershop: The Next Cut (performer: "Real People") / (writer: "Real People" - as Lonnie Lynn)
  The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2016) (writer - 1 episode, 2016)
- Sir Ben Kingsley/Common/Fallonventions/Ice Cube & Common (2016) ... (performer: "Real People") / (writer: "Real People")
 2015 The 87th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (lyrics: "Glory") / (music: "Glory") / (performer: "Glory")
 2015 The 57th Annual Grammy Awards (TV Special) (writer: "Glory" - as Lonnie Lynn)
 2015 Rap Critic Reviews (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Top 9 Best Rap Songs of 2014 (2015) ... (performer: "Kingdom")
 2014 Selma (performer: "Glory") / (writer: "Glory" - as Lonnie Lynn)
 2014 Every Secret Thing (performer: "Hungry") / (writer: "Hungry")
 2013 Battle of the Year (performer: "Universal Mind Control (UMC)") / (writer: "Universal Mind Control (UMC)" - as Lonnie Rashid Lynn)
 2013 The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (performer: "The Corner") / (writer: "The Corner")
 2012 The Central Park Five (Documentary) (performer: "Time Travelin' (A Tribute to Fela)") / (writer: "Time Travelin' (A Tribute to Fela)")
 2012 Brazil Avenue (TV Series) (performer: "Favorite Song")
 2011 2011 Soul Train Awards (TV Special) (performer: "Blue Sky")
 2011 Happy Feet 2 (performer: "Seymour's Rap", "My Mike Sounds Nice")
 2011 Madden NFL 12 (Video Game) (performer: "Ghetto Dreams") / (writer: "Ghetto Dreams")
 2010 It's Kind of a Funny Story (performer: "Be (Intro)") / (writer: "Be (Intro)")
 2010 Step Up 3D (performer: "Drivin' Me Wild") / (writer: "Drivin' Me Wild" - as Lonnie Rashid Lynn)
 2010 Just Wright (performer: "Next Time (Just Wright Version)") / (writer: "Next Time (Just Wright Version)" - as L. Lynn)
  Simons Danseskole (TV Series documentary) (performer - 3 episodes, 2010) (writer - 3 episodes, 2010)
- Episode #1.3 (2010) ... (performer: "What a World" - uncredited) / (writer: "What a World" - uncredited)
- Episode #1.2 (2010) ... (performer: "What a World" - uncredited) / (writer: "What a World" - uncredited)
- Episode 1 (2010) ... (performer: "What a World" - uncredited) / (writer: "What a World" - uncredited)
 2009 The National Christmas Tree Lighting (TV Special) (performer: "This Christmas")
 2009 DJ Hero (Video Game) (performer: "Make Her Say") / (writer: "Make Her Say")
 2009 Kid Cudi: Make Her Say (Video short) (performer: "Make Her Say") / (writer: "Make Her Say")
 2009 MTV Video Music Awards 2009 (TV Special) (writer: "Make Her Say" - uncredited)
  So You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes, 2008 - 2009) (writer - 1 episode, 2009)
- Top 16 Perform (2009) ... (performer: "What a World") / (writer: "What a World")
- Results Show: Two Dancers Eliminated (2008) ... (performer: "Universal Mind Control")
 2009 No disparen al pianista (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.13 (2009) ... (performer: "Go/Sex 4 Sugar")
 2009 Grey's Anatomy (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Stand by Me (2009) ... (performer: "Everywhere" - uncredited)
 2009 Rising Icons (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Kid Cudi (2009) ... (writer: "Make Her Say")
 2007 Cold Case (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- It Takes a Village (2007) ... (performer: "The People")
 2007 Dead Tone (performer: "Wouldn't You Like To Ride") / (writer: "Wouldn't You Like To Ride" - as Lonnie Lynn)
 2007 Freedom Writers (as Lonnie Lynn, "A Dream") / (performer: "A Dream")
 2006 Smokin' Aces (as Lonnie Rashid Lynn, "Play Your Cards Right") / (performer: "Play Your Cards Right")
 2005 Dave Chappelle's Block Party (Documentary) (performer: "Get Em High", "Move Somethin'", "Jesus Walks", "Love of My Life", "Umi Says", "Get By") / (writer: "Get Em High", "Love of My Life" - as Lonnie Rashid Lynn)
  The Blues (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode, 2003) (writer - 1 episode, 2003)
- Godfathers and Sons (2003) ... (performer: "Dooinit", "Mannish Boy") / (writer: "Dooinit" - as Lonnie Lynn)
 2003 Beef (Documentary) (performer: "I Used to Love H.E.R.", "The Bitch in You")
 2002 Brown Sugar (performer: "I Used to Love H.E.R." - as Common Sense) / (performer: "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip Hop)") / (writer: "Act Too (Love of My Life)", "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip Hop)", "I Used to Love H.E.R." - as Rashid Lonnie Lynn)
 2002 Orange County (as Rashid Lonnie Lynn, "The Light") / (performer: "The Light")
 2000 Drop the Beat (TV Series) (performer: "Dooinit")
 2000 Bamboozled (performer: "The Light" Remix) / (writer: "The Light" Remix - as Lonnie Lynn)
 1999 Any Given Sunday (performer: "ANY GIVEN SUNDAY") / (writer: "ANY GIVEN SUNDAY" - as Rashid Lonnie Lynn)
 1999 The Hurricane (performer: "The Hurricane") / (writer: "The Hurricane" - as Lonnie Lynn)
 1996 Get on the Bus (performer: "The Remedy") / (writer: "The Remedy")
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Other Works:

Music video for Kanye West: "Homecoming" See more »

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4 Interviews | 1 Article | 1 Pictorial | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Lonnie Lynn | Common Sense


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[Talking about Britney Spears comeback concert performance]: I think it didn't seem like she wanted to be there. There wasn't any spark, it didn't feel like life was there.


Was known as Common Sense prior to 1995, when a ska band with that name sued him, forcing him to shorten his name. See more »

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