Born as Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr. on the 13th day of March, 1972 in South Side, Chicago, Common is a musician and actor whose net worth is estimated to be $35 million. In his youthful stages, Common studied business administration at Florida A&M.
Common was very influential in underground rap during the 1990s when gangsta rap was taking over everything in the music industry. His literate, nimbly performed, very intelligent and sometimes politically conscious lyrics certainly did not fit in with the then music fashion.
In 1992, Common debuted with a single known as Take It EZ. He began realizing some form of commercial success when he released his second album in 1994 called Resurrection. As the 90s faded away, a substantial movement was determined to revive the nonconformist sensibility of underground rap, something that immediately started making Common’s name popular. Critics began praising his albums. His 1997 album landed him a record deal with a major recording label known as MCA Records. His fourth album (Like Water for Chocolate) received gold certification with one single from the album receiving a Grammy Award nominee.
Common’s next move in the industry saw him release an album produced by Kanye West. This album went gold and it was nominated for the Grammy Awards on four occasions. Since 1992, he has gone ahead and released 10 studio albums that have earned him two Grammy Awards in 2003 and 2008 in addition to 11 nods, and two BET Awards. He also released a new album in 2010 called The Believer.
Besides singing, Common has also been lively on the screens. He has appeared in Now You See Me, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, American Gangster, New Year’s Eve, Happy Feet Two, Smokin’ Aces, Wanted, Date Night and Just Wright, co-starring alongside Queen Latifah. Furthermore, Commons has also worked as a model and has featured in various product promotions for Diesel, Microsoft, NBA 2K8 and BlackBerry. As a writer and poet, Common’s work titled One Day It’ll All Make Sense was published in 2011.
Commons is an active animal rights activist, advocate, and has featured in a PETA advert.