Common
Date of Birth
Mar 13, 1972
Birth Place:
Chicago, IL

Biography

Best known for his individualistic promulgation of jazz-rap during the 1990s -- a decade when gangsta rap threatened to take over much of the urban music scene -- underground rapper Common attained recognition for the sophisticated lyrics and ever-present political subtexts in his raps. Something of a critics' favorite, Common also achieved commercial success with such albums as {^Can I Borrow a...