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Music/Geffen Records) 1/2 The once underground hip hop artist Common painted himself into a corner a while ago as a chin stroking hippie who can still hang with the harder types. It might’ve gotten Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr. a few Hollywood jobs, but it didn’t help diversify his image and image counts for a lot in Common’s business. In his eighth album, “Universal Mind Control,” Common tries to break away, taking on a harder, naughtier persona and dipping his typically dusty grooves in executive producer Pharrell’s cold chemical wash.
Conservatives decry White House invite to rapper Common
May 10, 2011 By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
Outrage alert: Some conservatives have a beef with Michelle Obama’s invitation to a rapper who once called for the “burn” ing of George W. Bush to perform this week at White House event. Hip hop artist Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr., a Chicago native who goes by the name Common, will be part of a poetry program Wednesday night. President Obama is expected to attend. The Daily Caller, a conservative news site launched by Tucker Carlson, has helped spearhead the controversy over the rapper.
Common scores with his first No. 1 album of his career with “Finding Forever,” which sold 155,000 copies in its first week in stores, according to Nielsen SoundScan. He’s released eight albums, earned five Grammy award nominations and has worked alongside the likes of Kanye West. But as an actor, Common (born Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr.) is still fighting to be taken seriously. “No matter what you accomplish in the music world, that is still not going to secure you a role in a quality movie. Some casting agents and directors and producers will say, ‘We don’t want a rapper in the role,’ ” said Common by telephone from New York this week, where he was promoting his latest film, “Just Wright.”Common On Looking ‘Live’
January 14, 2007 Elizabeth Khuri
Common doesn’t fit the hip hop stereotype. “People have the impression that hip hop is one way, but it’s very broad. There are so many voices,” the Grammy Award winner says. Born Lonnie Rashid Lynn 34 years ago, his first crossover mainstream album was “Like Water for Chocolate” in 2000, and his best selling so far has been 2005’s “Be.”Rapper Common leads the way in dialing back the bling
May 31, 2009 Emili Vesilind
March 19, 2000 SOREN BAKER, Soren Baker is a regular contributor to Calendar
There’s nothing Common about Lonnie Rashid Lynn, even if that’s the moniker the Chicago rapper has adopted. For eight years, Lynn has been one of the most acclaimed figures in hip hop, a rapper with an insightful, socially conscious message. The Source magazine has called him “Chicago’s lyrical warrior,” while Rap Pages said he is “notches above dope.”