Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr. was born on March 13, 1972. The American rapper and actor is better known by his stage name Common. His first album "Can I Borrow a Dollar" was released in 1992. It wasn't until 2000 when Common reached mainstream success after signing with MCA records. With MCA he produced the album "Like Water for Chocolate" which went on to sell 70,000 copies in its first week in stores.
In 2005 he released his sixth studio album titled "Be." This album was primarily produced by hip hop artist Kanye West under G.O.O.D. records and Geffen Records. This was Common's second album behind "Like Water for Chocolate" to sell over 500,000 copies. The album was able to reach #2 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Common is planning to use Kanye West for his next album "The Believer," which is due to hit stores later in 2009.
In Commons musical career he has won two Grammy Awards and three BET Hip Hop Awards. He has also premiered in films over the past few years. Common played Turner Lucas in "American Gangster" and Sir Ivy in "Smokin' Aces. He was also seen in movies "Street Kings" and "Wanted." Common is currently working to release his new album and will soon be touring the U.S. He is scheduled to perform at the House of Blues in Boston Monday, March 9 at 7:00 pm.