Lonnie Corant Jaman Shuka Rashid Lynn, better known by his stage name Common(formerly Common Sense), is an American rapper, actor, poet, and film producer. Common debuted in 1992 with the album Can I Borrow a Dollar? and maintained a significant underground, after which he gained notable mainstream success through his work with the Soulquarians. Common launched Think Common Entertainment, his own record label imprint, and, in the past, has released music under various other labels including Relativity, Geffen, and GOOD Music. Common’s first major-label album Like Water for Chocolate received widespread critical acclaim and tremendous commercial success. His first Grammy Award, winning Best R&B Song for “Love of My Life“, with Erykah Badu. Its popularity was matched by May Be, which was nominated for Best Rap Album, at the Grammy Awards. Common was awarded his second Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, for “Southside” (featuring Kanye West), from his July 2007 album Finding Forever. His best-of album, Thisisme Then: The Best of Common, was released on November 27. Common won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and the Academy Award for Best Original Song, for his song “Glory” from the film Selma, in which he co-starred as Civil Rights Movement leader James Bevel. Common’s acting career also includes starring significant roles in the films Smokin’ Aces, Street Kings, American Gangster, Wanted, Terminator Salvation, Date Night, Just Wright, Happy Feet Two, New Year’s Eve, Run All Night, Being Charlie, Rex and John Wick: Chapter 2. He also narrated the award-winning documentary Bouncing Cats, about one man’s efforts to improve the lives of children in Uganda through hip-hop/b-boy culture. He starred as Elam Ferguson on the AMC western television series Hell on Wheels.
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