- Released his debut album, Can I Borrow a Dollar?, in 1992.
- Originally recorded as "Common Sense," but had to change his name due to a lawsuit from a band with the same name.
- His father, former pro basketball player Lonnie Lynn, performs the track "Pop's Rap" on 1994's Resurrection.
- Critical and commercial breakthrough came with 2000's gold-certified Like Water for Chocolate.
- Established the Common Ground Foundation, a non-profit organization benefiting disadvantaged kids in urban areas.
- Made his big-screen debut as himself in the 2002 romantic comedy Brown Sugar; later played Sir Ivy in 2006 actioner Smokin' Aces.
- Wrote the children's books The Mirror, I Like You But I Love Me and M.E. (Mixed Emotions); released the memoir One Day It'll All Make Sense in 2011.
- Appeared in an ad for animal-rights group PETA; part of the Knowing Is Beautiful campaign for HIV/AIDS awareness.
- 2002, Grammy — Best R&B Song: Winner
- 2015, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Winner
- 2015, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Song: Winner
- 2014, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Winner
- 2007, Grammy — Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group: Winner
- Lonnie Lynn — Father
- Mahalia Ann Hines — Mother
- Omoya Lynn — Daughter
- Erykah Badu — Ex-fiancée
- Serena Williams — Ex-significant Other
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