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In the News (Wed 22 Nov 17)

  
  Rapper no longer simply common
Common is upbeat and introspective, forcibly rejecting the philosophical mess of DMX or the sleaziness of Sisqo or Juvenile.
Common's most glaring departure from the mainstream is that he is fundamentally a reformer, not a critic.
Common closes with the political "A Song For Assata," piecing together his brilliant wordplay to diagram the travails of Cuban freedom-fighter Assata Shakur.
www.usc.edu /student-affairs/dt/V139/N55/02-rapper.55d.html   (1005 words)

  
 CalendarHome.com - - Calendar Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Common was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of former ABA basketball player Lonnie Lynn.
Common was accused of making bigoted statements during a concert at Emory University in 2006, when he rapped about his certainty that "damn niggers from Duke lacrosse" had raped a "fl princess," a reference to an African American woman who had accused three white Duke lacrosse players of rape.
But his asking of Common to move in with him during his darkest hour is testament of a friendship between the two that transcended rap music, or the music industry.
encyclopedia.calendarhome.com /cgi-bin/encyclopedia.pl?p=Common_(rapper)   (1948 words)

  
 USA WEEKEND Magazine
Common was like most rappers when he started out in the early '90s.
Common, like fellow romantically inclined rappers LL Cool J and Lauryn Hill, is comfortable with the L-word and not afraid to show his sensitive side, having put in lyrics the pain he felt after losing a childhood friend who was gay.
Common says he wants "to promote love in any shape, form or fashion," and then points to his heart.
www.usaweekend.com /03_issues/030720/030720common.html   (546 words)

  
 Common (rapper): Definition and Links by Encyclopedian.com
Common (aka Common Sense, born Lonnie Rashied Lynn) is a Chicago-based alternative hip hop artist.
Common debuted in 1992 (see 1992 in music) with the single "Take It EZ" and the LP Can I Borrow a Dollar?[?].
Though popular success was virtually nonexistent, Common established a solid fanbase among alternative rap fans, in spite of critical criticism for misogyny.
www.encyclopedian.com /co/Common-(rapper).html   (176 words)

  
 Fanfare for the uncommon man - Music - Entertainment - theage.com.au
While any number of rappers are hell-bent on immediate world domination, Common has taken his time.
Recording as Common Sense, he was the hot-shot MC who had underground producers beating down his door.
Common performs at the Prince on Friday, January 27 and at the Big Day Out on Sunday, January 29.
www.theage.com.au /news/music/fanfare-for-the-uncommon-man/2006/01/19/1137553700502.html   (796 words)

  
 Common (rapper) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Common is also set to appear alongside Ben Affleck, Jeremy Piven, Don Cheadle, and Alicia Keys in the crime film Smokin' Aces due in spring 2007.
Common states that he has heard of the track but never actually taken the time to listen to it, and has not retaliated in song.
As a result, Common is a friend of the Yancey Family, particularly with J Dilla's mother, Maureen Yancey.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Common_(rapper)   (1713 words)

  
 Common not a plain rapper
The socially conscious rapper formerly known as Common Sense has been drawing respect for his honest and colorful street poetry ever since his debut in the early '90s.
Common adds, "We were like two kids in the studio saying, 'Man, this almost sounds like Pete Rock or Gang Starr.' But it was our own stuff we were coming with."
With a worldwide simultaneous release, Common is fitting in an international promo tour, then it is back to the States for a monthlong tour with Legend starting July 18.
www.azcentral.com /ent/music/articles/0525common.html   (513 words)

  
 Common the Rapper
Common (originally Common Sense) was a highly influential figure in rap's underground during the '90s, keeping the sophisticated lyrical technique and flowing syncopations of jazz-rap alive in an era when commercial gangsta rap was threatening to obliterate everything in its path.
Common was born Lonnie Rashied Lynn on the South Side of Chicago, an area not exactly noted for its fertile hip-hop scene.
Subsequently, Common Sense was sued by a ska band of the same name, and was forced to shorten his own moniker to Common; he also relocated from Chicago to Brooklyn.
www.hip-hop-music-classic.com /Common-the-Rapper.html   (652 words)

  
 Music: The Rapper Common - Newsweek Entertainment - MSNBC.com
Common is, after all, the street-smart dude from the South Side of Chicago who has made a trademark of wearing fine Italian tweed hats on his elegantly bald head.
Common will costar with none other than Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe next fall in "American Gangster," Ridley Scott's film about New York City cops who take on a Harlem drug kingpin—Common is one of the bad guys, in case you're wondering which side of his personality he'll be tapping into.
Common says it's a mix of vintage soul, progressive jazz and what he calls "futuristic boom bap." West has already proclaimed that it's the best rap album of the year—and the year hasn't even started.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/16240601/site/newsweek   (927 words)

  
 AskMen.com - Common
Common has been around since the early ‘90s, though it’s only recently that he has become a force to be reckoned with.
Common’s parents divorced shortly after his birth and he remained in the custody of his mother.
Common’s father, a professional basketball player turned youth counselor, remained an active force in Common’s life and even landed the aspiring athlete a job with the Chicago Bulls during his teen years.
www.askmen.com /men/entertainment_200/219_common.html   (481 words)

  
 Search:common - Copernic
Resurrection was Common's last album produced entirely by his long-time...
Common Cause is a nonprofit, nonpartisan citizen's lobbying organization promoting open, honest and accountable government.
Common Application is a not-for-profit organization that serves students and member institutions by providing an admission application -- online and in...
metaresults.copernic.com /copern.main/search/web/common   (263 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Like Water For Chocolate: Music: Common   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Common, like so many carrying the banner for alternative hip-hop, casts himself as the enemy of all things commercial ("That jiggy shit is over / The war is on, I only wanna be a soldier / I'm holdin' on to a culture"), yet he also insists on getting paid.
Commons 4th album "Like Water for Chocolate" is another nice album from one of hiphops most insightful and deep storytellers.
Mos Def and Commons "The Questions" is the nicest collab on the album, and both artists shine on this track.
www.amazon.com /Like-Water-Chocolate-Common/dp/B00004S51H   (1882 words)

  
 Common finds new reason to 'Be' | The San Diego Union-Tribune
The rapper admits the poor sales results for "Circus" gave him a "hunger and urgency" that fueled the new album.
West, who has signed Common to his Getting Out Our Dreams label, oversaw nine of the 11 cuts on "Be." He also brought in his vocal protege, John Legend, for a guest spot.
Given West's huge success, Common believes hip-hop fans will be more open to the idea of a fully rounded political rapper.
www.signonsandiego.com /uniontrib/20050606/news_1c06common.html   (817 words)

  
 Common - Like Water for Chocolate
Common raps masterfully over the smooth beat and comes with strong, thoughtful lyrics too.
The production sounds like the track was made in the late 80's rather than now, but regardless it's Common's witty tale of exacting revenge on thieves who stole his Grandmothers valuables that demands your attention.
But,to continue the boxing analogy, for a rapper who obviously has the ability to knock his listeners out, that has to be considered somewhat disappointing.....
www.geocities.com /b_man3k/water.html   (968 words)

  
 Common :: Like Water For Chocolate :: MCA
Common does not spent undue time dwelling on these themes; or else the unstirred chocolate might lump or coagulate along the edges.
It's possible the temperature has never been hotter or that Common has ever shined brighter than on DJ Premier's deeply stirring "The 6th Sense" which may give you as many cold chills as the movie.
Cinematic references in fact are not beyond the fold for Common as he calls himself "Morpheous in this hip-hop 'Matrix', exposin fake shit." This song is not only in the lineage of his "I Used to Love H.E.R." it takes H.E.R. to mountain peaks of unparalleled clarity.
www.rapreviews.com /archive/2000_03_likewater.html   (550 words)

  
 Artistopia Music - Common Fanfare   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Common later remarked that his first album was admittedly of lower quality, and should probably not have been released.
Common (originally Common Sense) was a highly influential figure in rap's underground during the...
Common (formerly Common Sense, born Lonnie Rashid Lynn on March 13, 1972) is a Chicago -based...
www.artistopia.com /common/fans   (683 words)

  
 Chicago Maroon » MAB gives U of C students a dose of Common sense
Emanating from a CSI-like break, Common reiterated the fact that he was born and raised in Chicago by doing a bit of footwork, progressing to classic break-dancing and even rapping in-between poses.
Common chose a representative from Uppity Negro to freestyle with him.
Though Common may not be the reincarnation of Mahatma Gandhi or Martin Luther King, Jr., he is leading a musical revolution.
maroon.uchicago.edu /online_edition/voices/2006/11/21/mab-gives-u-of-c-students-a-dose-of-common-sense   (400 words)

  
 Common (Rapper Common Hasn't Lost His Sense)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Common: Well I went down to Cuba to meet Assata Shakur and it was one of the most special moments of my life.
Common: Man what's so dope is you got cats who ain't had the opportunity to have MPC 3000s, or turntables, but they make it with whatever they can do.
Common: I don't know if I can tell rappers what to do but I feel like, I would ask that as young fl men and women being able to speak to the world that we at least take some responsibility for our youth.
www.alphabeats.com /interviews/artists/common.htm   (1799 words)

  
 Amazon.co.uk: Be: Special Edition/Parental Advisory: Music: Common   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Common Sense's first two LPs, back '92 and '94, are hip hop standards, but ever since Ressurrection he has been on a slow but steady decline.
I thought the Common will be one of those overhyped not so popular artist, who quite frankly aren't popular because their music isn't appealing.
Common has stuck with one main producer on Be albeit the ubiquitous Kanye West and even has time to use Jon Legend with an excellent piano riff on one of the outstanding tracks of the album "They Say", absolutely superb.
www.amazon.co.uk /Be-Special-Parental-Advisory-Common/dp/B0009JOPAI   (1144 words)

  
 Interview with the Common
With most of mainstream's hip-hoppers rhyming about Bentleys, bling-bling, bitches and ho's, the Chicago-born rapper Common brings messages of political and social awareness rarely present in the scene.
Recoil caught up with Common by phone, touching on the subjects of Coke, world travel, his relationship with Badu, and yes, rap.
There's other rappers, even other genres, that they still coming with their form of hip-hop and they adding on, regardless.
www.recoilmag.com /interviews/common_0303.html   (1397 words)

  
 Chicago Defender / Entertainment
Common and daughter Omoya featured in Gap's holiday TV ads Family Focus - Rapper Common and his daughter, Omoya Lynn, are featured in The Gap's new ad campaign "Holiday In Your Hood," with two 30-second television campaign commercials.
Common, a proud Chicago native, also wrote an original song titled "Holiday In Your Hood" for the spots, where he rhymes over a sample of Madonna's 1983 hit "Holiday." The commercials were directed by famed video director, Paul Hunter, and the remake produced by the Black Eyed Peas' will.I.am.
The ads show Common, his daughter and DJ Samantha Ronson wearing Gap hoodies, while dancing around a 40-foot gold peace sign, which is also the symbol for the clothing giant's holiday marketing campaign.
www.chicagodefender.com /page/entertainment.cfm?ArticleID=7710   (994 words)

  
 Southern Voice Online
WITH FIVE SONGS each, rappers Common and Eminem are tied for the second most mentions on Da Dis List.
The outspoken rapper likely learned from previous victims of organized gay protests — from Donna Summer to Dr. Laura — that it’d be better for his career to avoid homophobic lyrics, says Lisa Cox, founder of “Girls in the Night,” a lesbian party circuit in Atlanta.
Common’s reputation as a street-turned-bohemian artist grants him a creative license to explore issues others are afraid to take up, according to some hip-hop experts familiar with his work.
www.sovo.com /print.cfm?content_id=765   (1213 words)

  
 CANOE -- JAM! Music - Artists - Common: Rapper breaks uncommon ground
Count Common in as a member of the loud minority deploring the frightening lack of creativity in much of contemporary hip-hop.
Regarded as one of the most intelligent wordsmiths in the genre, the Chicago rapper's frustration at the state of hip-hop in '97 surfaces in the song, 1,2 Many, on his just-released gem, One Day It'll All Make Sense.
When you consider Common's a big fan of acclaimed African-American writers like James Baldwin and Langston Hughes, and musical giants like Stevie Wonder and Curtis Mayfield, you get a hint of what inspires him to write the way he does.
jam.canoe.ca /Music/Artists/C/Common/1997/11/07/744129.html   (691 words)

  
 The Urban Network
Common plays "Sir Ivy," Ace's steadfast second in command walking the tightrope of trying to remain loyal while staying one step ahead of his boss' clearly sinking ship.
Rapper Common (who has a new CD titled Final Forever - primarily produced by Kanye West - scheduled for April on Good Music/Geffen) was taking acting lessons before he was tapped for the role.
The movie was a new experience for Common, but he leaves an indelible impression on the screen.
www.urbannetwork.com /cms/index.php?news=845   (1226 words)

  
 HipHopCity.com: Where HipHop Lives!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Chicago rapper Common, who recently joined The Roots and Mos Def on the title track to the Denzel Washington film, "The Hurricane," is now preparing for the release of his new studio album.
The 14-track LP is titled "Like Water For Chocolate" (inspired by Laura Esquivel's novel of the same name) and is the long-awaited follow-up to Common's 1997 effort "One Day It'll All Make Sense." The rapper will shoot the video for the DJ Premier-produced first single, "The 6th Sense," in the next few weeks.
Common's father, who is credited as "Pops," also turns up on "Like Water For Chocolate," providing backing vocals on "All My Children," the LP's closing track.
www.hiphopcity.com /news/artist_news/000320_common_raplacks.html   (177 words)

  
 Common offers thanks for movie career - Chicago rapper Common has offered thanks to directors Joe Ca...
Common offers thanks for movie career - Chicago rapper Common has offered thanks to directors Joe Ca...
NEW YORK, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Chicago rapper Common has offered thanks to directors Joe Carnahan and Ridley Scott for helping take his burgeoning Hollywood film career to the next level.
Speaking about "Aces," Common spoke about his excitement at being tabbed by Carnahan to work alongside actors Andy Garcia and Ray Liotta in the crime drama, the Post said.
www.politicalgateway.com /news/read/59354   (224 words)

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