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Fast Facts

  • 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.


  • 2007, Grammy — Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group: Winner
  • 2014, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Winner
  • 2015, Grammy — Best Song Written for Visual Media: Winner
  • 2002, Grammy — Best R&B Song: Winner
  • 2015, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Song: Winner


  • Omoya Lynn — Daughter
  • Erykah Badu — Ex-fiancée
  • Serena Williams — Ex-significant Other
  • Lonnie Lynn — Father
  • Mahalia Ann Hines — Mother


  • Birth Name: Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr.
  • Birth Place: Chicago, IL
  • Profession: Rapper, Actor

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