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  • Birth Name: Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr.
  • Birth Place: Chicago, IL
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 03/13/1972, Pisces
  • Profession: Rapper; actor
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Common 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.
  • Common Relationships:
  • Mahalia Ann Hines - Mother
  • Lonnie Lynn - Father
  • Omoya Lynn - Daughter
  • Erykah Badu - Ex-fiancée
  • Serena Williams - Ex-significant Other
  • Common Awards:
  • 2007 Grammy: Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group - Winner
  • 2002 Grammy: Best R&B Song - Winner

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