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'''Lonnie Rashid Lynn''' (born March 13, 1972), better known by his stage name '''Common''' (formerly '''Common Sense'''), is an American [[hip hop music|hip hop]] recording artist and actor from [[Chicago]], [[Illinois]]. Common debuted in 1992 with the album ''[[Can I Borrow a Dollar?]]'' and maintained a significant [[Underground hip hop|underground]] following into the late 1990s, after which he gained notable mainstream success through his work with the [[Soulquarians]].<ref>{{cite web | title=Video: Common Speaks on Soulquarians, No I.D. & Kanye + BTS Pics of "Blue Sky" Video | date=October 11, 2011 | url=http://www.okayplayer.com/news/video-common-speaks-on-soulquarians-no-i-d-kanye-bts-pics-of-blue-sky-video.html | publisher=okayplayer | accessdate=October 12, 2011}}</ref> In 2011, Common launched Think Common Entertainment, his own record label imprint, and, in the past, has released music under various other labels such as [[Relativity Records|Relativity]], [[Geffen Records|Geffen]] and [[GOOD Music]], among others. (G.O.A.T.)


Common's first [[Major record label|major-label]] album, ''[[Like Water for Chocolate (album)|Like Water for Chocolate]]'', received widespread critical acclaim and tremendous commercial success.<ref>{{cite news|title=Like Water for Chocolate Review |url=http://www.allmusic.com/album/r470449 |publisher=allmusic |date=March 28, 2000}}</ref> His first [[Grammy Award]] was in 2003, winning [[Best R&B Song]] for "[[Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)|Love of My Life]]", with [[Erykah Badu]].<ref>"[http://www.umusicpub.com/news_readmore.aspx?id=4770 UMPG writers and artists receive best R&B Song of the Year Category at Grammy Awards]". Universal Music Publishing Group.</ref> Its popularity was matched by May 2005's ''[[Be (Common album)|Be]]'', which was nominated for [[Best Rap Album]], at the [[Grammy Awards of 2006|2006 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, 2007.


Common won the 2015 [[Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song]], and the 2015 [[Academy Award for Best Original Song]], for his song "[[Glory (Common and John Legend song)|Glory]]" from the 2014 film ''[[Selma (film)|Selma]]'', in which he co-starred as [[African-American Civil Rights Movement|1960s Civil Rights Movement]] leader [[James Bevel]].


Common's acting career also includes starring significant roles in the films ''[[Smokin' Aces]]'', ''[[Street Kings]]'', ''[[American Gangster (film)|American Gangster]]'', ''[[Wanted (2008 film)|Wanted]]'', ''[[Terminator Salvation]]'',  ''[[Date Night]]'', ''[[Just Wright]]'', ''[[Happy Feet Two]]'', and ''[[New Year's Eve (film)|New Year's Eve]]''. 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.<ref>{{cite web|title=''Bouncing Cats Synopsis''l|url=http://www.bouncingcats.com/synopsis/}}</ref> He starred as Elam Ferguson on the [[AMC (TV channel)|AMC]] [[Western (genre)|western]] television series ''[[Hell on Wheels (TV series)|Hell on Wheels]]''.


== Early life ==

Common was born in the [[South Side, Chicago|South Side]] of [[Chicago]], [[Illinois]]. He was raised in the [[Calumet Heights, Chicago|Calumet Heights]] neighborhood.<ref>{{cite news|last1=Bazer|first1=Mark|title=Common is Back in the Neighborhood|url=http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/October-2014/Common/|issue=October 2014|publisher=Chicago magazine|date=September 17, 2014}}</ref><ref>Zegel, Maureen (March 27, 2012). [http://blogs.umsl.edu/news/2012/03/27/common/ "Rapper Common to bring his message to UMSL"]. ''[[University of Missouri–St. Louis|UMSL Daily]]''.</ref><ref>Williams, Thomas Chatterton (May 11, 2011). [http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/inviting-common-white-house-barack-michelle-obama-a-golden-opportunity-article-1.144238 "By inviting Common to the White House, Barack and Michelle Obama miss a golden opportunity"]. ''[[Daily News (New York)|Daily News]]''.</ref><ref>[http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=resources&id=8618409 "Common to throw White Sox 1st pitch"]. [[WLS-TV|ABC 7 Chicago]]. April 13, 2012.</ref> He is the son of an educator Dr. Mahalia Ann Hines and former [[American Basketball Association|ABA]] basketball player turned youth counselor [[Lonnie Lynn]]. They divorced when he was six years old, resulting in his father's moving to [[Denver]], Colorado. This left Common to be raised by his mother, but his father remained active in his life and landed Lonnie Jr. a job with the [[Chicago Bulls]] during his teens. While a student at [[Luther High School South]] in Chicago, Lynn with his childhood friends, record producer [[No I.D.]], and Corey Crawley formed C.D.R. a rap [[Trio (music)|trio]] that opened for acts that included [[N.W.A.]] and [[Big Daddy Kane]].<ref name="AskMen">{{cite web |url=http://www.askmen.com/men/entertainment_200/219c_common.html |title=AskMen.com's Men of the Week: Entertainment – Common |accessdate=June 13, 2007}}</ref><ref name="XXLJan2012">{{cite web |url=http://www.xxlmag.com/features/2012/01/no-i-d-rise-and-shine/ |title=No I.D.: Rise and Shine: XXL |accessdate=September 12, 2012}}</ref>


Common attended [[Florida A&M University]] for two years under a scholarship and majored in [[business administration]].<ref name="Jet 2005">{{cite web|url=http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1355/is_26_107/ai_n27857531/|title=Hip-hop star Common talks about: new hit CD 'Be' being labeled a 'conscious rapper' his breakup with singer Erykah Badu who attracts him now|last=Yarborough|first=Marti|date=June 27, 2005|work=Jet|publisher=FindArticles.com|accessdate=July 25, 2009}}</ref> After being featured in the [[Unsigned Hype]] column of ''[[The Source (magazine)|The Source]]'' magazine, Lynn debuted in 1992 with the single "[[Take It EZ]]", followed by the album ''[[Can I Borrow a Dollar?]]'', under stage name ''Common Sense''.<ref name="allmusic"/>


== Music career ==


===1992–1996: Career beginnings ===

With the 1994 release of ''[[Resurrection (Common album)|Resurrection]]'', Common achieved a much larger degree of critical acclaim, which extended beyond Chicago natives. The album sold relatively well and received a strong positive reaction among [[alternative hip hop|alternative]] and [[underground hip hop]] fans at the time. ''Resurrection'' was Common's last album produced almost entirely by his long-time production partner, [[No I.D.]], who was also the then-mentor of a young [[Kanye West]].


In 1996, Common appeared on the [[Red Hot Organization]]'s compilation CD, [[America is Dying Slowly]], alongside [[Biz Markie]], [[Wu-Tang Clan]], and [[Fat Joe]], among many other prominent hip hop artists.  The CD, meant to raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic among African American men, was heralded as "a masterpiece" by [[The Source (magazine)|The Source]] magazine.  He would later also contribute to the [[Red Hot Organization]]'s [[Fela Kuti]] tribute album, [[Red Hot and Riot]] in 2002.  He collaborated with [[Djelimady Tounkara]] on a remake of Kuti's track, "Years of Tears and Sorrow".


[[File:Common-Mos Def-10-mika.jpg|thumb|Common performing with [[Mos Def]], 1999]]


The song "[[I Used to Love H.E.R.]]" from ''Resurrection'' ignited a [[hip hop feud|feud]] with [[West Coast hip hop|West Coast rap group]] [[Westside Connection]]. The lyrics of the song criticized the path hip hop music was taking and was interpreted by some as directing blame towards the popularity of West Coast [[Gangsta rap]]. Westside Connection first responded with the 1995 song "Westside Slaughterhouse," with the lyrics "Used to love H.E.R. mad cause I fucked her". Westside Connection recorded tracks venting their issues with rival East Coast rappers (see [[East Coast-West Coast hip hop rivalry]]). "Westside Slaughterhouse" also mentioned Common by name, prompting the rapper to respond with the scathing [[Pete Rock]]-produced attack song "[[The Bitch in Yoo]]". Common and Westside Connection continued to insult each other back and forth before finally meeting with [[Louis Farrakhan]] and setting aside their dispute. Following the popularity of ''Resurrection'', Common Sense was sued by an [[Orange County, California|Orange County]]-based [[reggae]] band with the [[Common Sense (band)|same name]], and was forced to shorten his moniker to simply Common.<ref name="allmusic">{{cite web|last=Huey|first=Steve|title=Common > Biography|url={{Allmusic|class=artist|id=p276488|pure_url=yes}}|publisher=allmusic|date=July 31, 2007|accessdate=September 9, 2008}}</ref>


===1996&ndash;1999: ''One Day It'll All Make Sense'' ===

Initially scheduled for an October 1996 release, Common finally released his third album, ''[[One Day It'll All Make Sense]]'', in September 1997. The album took a total of two years to complete and included collaborations with artists such as [[Lauryn Hill]], [[De La Soul]], [[Q-Tip (rapper)|Q-Tip]], [[Canibus]], [[Black Thought]], [[Chantay Savage]], and [[Questlove]] – a future fellow member of the [[Soulquarians]] outfit. The album, which made a point of eschewing any gangsterism (in response to questions about his musical integrity), was critically acclaimed and led to a [[major label]] contract with [[MCA Records]]. In addition to releasing ''One Day'', Common's first child, daughter Omoye Assata Lynn, was born shortly after the release of the album.


As documented by hip hop journalist Raquel Cepeda, in the liner notes for the album, this event had a profound spiritual and mental effect on Common and enabled him to grow musically while becoming more responsible as an artist. She writes:


:Rashid found out that he was going to become a daddy in about 8 months. Stunned and confused, Rashid had life altering decisions to make with his girlfriend, Kim Jones. The situation led to the composition of his favourite cut on ''One Day...'' that offers a male slant on abortion. "[[Retrospect for Life]]", produced by [[James Poyser]] and [[No I.D.]] featuring [[Lauryn Hill]] (who was due on the same day as Rashid's girlfriend), is the song that is the driving force behind the project. Rashid listens to "[[Retrospect for Life]]" today at the mastering session geeked, as if it were for the first time. He tells me as we listen to L-Boogie wail the chorus, "''when I listen to the song now, I think about how precious her (Omoye's) life is''".


Common addresses family ethics several times on ''One Day...'', and the album sleeve is decorated with old family photos, illustrating the rapper's childhood, as well a quote from [[First Epistle to the Corinthians|1 Corinthians 13:11]], which summarizes the path to manhood:


{{cquote|When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.}}


===1999–2003: Soulquarians era ===

[[File:Common-02.jpg|thumb|left|Common (2003) in New York City]]

Following ''One Day...'', Common signed a major label record deal with [[MCA Records]] and relocated from Chicago to New York City in 1999. He began recording almost exclusively with a loose collective of musicians and artists (dubbed the "[[Soulquarians]]" by central figure [[Questlove]]) throughout 1999, and made a few sporadic guest appearances on [[The Roots]]' ''[[Things Fall Apart (album)|Things Fall Apart]]'', and the [[Rawkus Records]] compilation, ''[[Soundbombing 2]]''.


In 2000, his fourth album, ''[[Like Water for Chocolate (album)|Like Water for Chocolate]]'', was released to mass critical acclaim. [[Executive producer|Executive produced]] by Questlove and featuring significant contributions by [[J Dilla]], (who helmed many tracks except – "Cold Blooded", "Geto Heaven Part II", "A Song For Assata", "Pop's Rap Part 3...All My Children" & the [[DJ Premier]]-produced track "[[The 6th Sense]]"), ''Like Water for Chocolate'' transpired to be a considerable commercial breakthrough for Common, earning the rapper his first [[RIAA Certification|gold]] record, and greatly expanding his fanbase among critics and listeners alike.


With both artists hailing from the [[Great Lakes region (North America)|Great Lakes region]] of the United States (Chicago and Detroit, respectively), Common and [[J Dilla]] established their chemistry early on. Both became members of the [[Soulquarians]] collective, and collaborated on numerous projects together, even placing one song, "Thelonius", on both the [[Slum Village]] album ''[[Fantastic, Vol. 2]]'', and Common's ''[[Like Water for Chocolate (album)|Like Water for Chocolate]]''. As Dilla's health began to decline from the effects of [[Lupus Nephritis]], he relocated to Los Angeles, and asked Common to make the move with him as a roommate (Dilla would later lose his battle with the rare disease).<ref>{{cite news|title=J Dilla's turn in spotlight comes after his death |url=http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14587861/ |publisher=MSNBC |date=August 31, 2006}}</ref>


This album saw Common exploring themes (musically and lyrically), which were uncommon for a Hip hop record, as he does on the song "Time Travelin' (A Tribute To Fela)"; a homage to [[Nigerian]] music legend, and political activist [[Fela Kuti]]. The most popular single from the album "[[The Light (Common song)|The Light]]" was nominated for a [[Grammy Award]].


In 2002, Common released his fifth album, ''[[Electric Circus]]''. The album was highly anticipated and praised by many critics for its ambitious vision. However, it was not as commercially successful as his previous album, ''Like Water for Chocolate'', selling under 300,000 copies. An eclectic album, ''Electric Circus'' featured fusions of several genres such as hip hop, pop, rock, electronic, and neo soul. The album's style tended to divide critics; some praised its ambitious vision while others criticized it for the same reason. Most of the criticism tended to revolve around the album's experimental nature; some felt Common had strayed too far from his previous sound. This was Common's second and last album for MCA, and the label's final release prior to its absorption into Geffen Records.


===2004–2011: GOOD Music era ===

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In early 2004, Common made an appearance on fellow Chicagoan Kanye West's multi-platinum debut album, ''[[The College Dropout]]'' (on the song "Get Em High"), and announced his signing to West's then-newfound label [[GOOD Music]]. West had been a longtime fan of Common and the two even participated in a friendly on-air MC battle, where West took jabs at his lyrical idol for "going soft" and wearing crochet pants (as he does for his appearance in the video for the [[Mary J. Blige]] song "[[Dance for Me (Mary J. Blige song)|Dance for Me]]"). The pair worked together on Common's next album, ''[[Be (Common album)|Be]]'', almost entirely produced by Kanye West, with some help from Common's longtime collaborator the late [[James Yancey]] (J Dilla) – also a favorite of West.  The album was released in May 2005, and performed very well, boosted by Kanye's involvement and the singles "[[The Corner (song)|The Corner]]", and "[[Go (Common song)|Go]]". ''[[Be (Common album)|Be]]'' earned Common the second gold record of his career, with sales topping out at around 800,000 copies.  ''[[The Source (magazine)|The Source]]'' magazine gave it a near perfect 4.5 mic rating, ''[[XXL (magazine)|XXL]]'' magazine gave it their highest rating of "XXL", and AllHipHop gave the album 4 stars.  The album was also nominated for four Grammy Awards in 2006.


Following the release of ''[[Be (Common album)|Be]]'' in 2005, several mixed-race artists from the UK hip-hop scene took exception to Common's comments about interracial relationships on the song "Real People." [[Yungun]], [[Doc Brown (rapper)|Doc Brown]] and Rising Son recorded a track over an instrumental version of "The Corner" named "Dear Common (The Corner Dub)." 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.<ref>[http://www.sohh.com/articles/article.php/8057 "Common Gets Thugged Out, Ghost Writing For Diddy Too]". ''Sohh.com''. Retrieved 2006-12-07.</ref>


[[Image:Common in Copenhagen.jpg|thumb|upright|Performing at Store Vega, [[Copenhagen]], Denmark in December 2007.]]


Common's seventh LP titled ''[[Finding Forever]]'' was released on July 31, 2007. For this album, he continued his work with [[Kanye West]], as well as other producers such as [[will.i.am]], [[Devo Springsteen]], [[Derrick Hodge]], and [[Karriem Riggins]], as well as the only [[J Dilla]]-produced track, "So Far To Go". The album features guest spots from artists such as [[Dwele]], [[Bilal (musician)|Bilal]], [[D'Angelo]], and UK pop starlet [[Lily Allen]].  The first single from the album was "[[The People (Common song)|The People]]" b/w "[[The Game (Common song)|The Game]]". West predicted that ''Finding Forever'' would win the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Rap Album.<ref>Reid, Shaheem (April 19, 2006). "[http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1528967/04182006/west_kanye.jhtml?headlines=true Kanye Says He Won't Do 'Fast-Food' Music — 'M:i:III' Track Took 50 Hours]". ''MTV News''. Retrieved 2006-12-06.</ref> The album was nominated for Best Rap Album, but did not win, losing to West's ''Graduation''; however, Common did win his second Grammy for "Southside," which won the 2008 Grammy for Best Rap Performance by Duo or Group.

On July 31, 2007, Common performed a free concert in Santa Monica, California on the 3rd Street Promenade to promote the release of ''Finding Forever''. Common explained to the audience that the title "Finding Forever" represented his quest to find an eternal place in hip-hop and also his wishes to be an artist for the rest of his life. The album debuted at #1 on the national [[Billboard 200|''Billboard'' 200]] charts.


In an August 2007 interview with XXL, rapper [[Q-Tip (rapper)|Q-Tip]] of the group [[A Tribe Called Quest]] stated that he and Common were forming a group called The Standard. While the two were meant to hit the studio to record a Q-Tip-produced album, possibly with contributions from Kanye West, Common put out ''[[Universal Mind Control]]'' instead and has already planned a next album, ''The Dreamer, The Believer'', for late 2011.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.xxlmag.com/online/?p=13364 |title=Hip-Hop on a Higher Level &#124; " Q-Tip and Common Form New Group, The Standard |publisher=XXLmag.com |date= |accessdate=May 13, 2011}}</ref>


[[File:20090120 Common at 2009 Obama Home States Inaugural Ball.JPG|thumb|left|Common at 2009 [[First inauguration of Barack Obama|Obama Home States Inaugural Ball]] on January 20, 2009]]

Common was instrumental in bridging the trans-Atlantic gap by signing UK's Mr Wong and J2K to Kanye West's Getting Out Our Dreams recording outfit. Common met the pair during his tour in the UK earlier on in the year. It is speculated that the deal is not only to bring the UK and US hip hop genres together but that to rival Syco Music's cross-Atlantic success with Leona Lewis. He also has a deal with Zune mp3 players. In 2008 Common made an estimated 12 million dollars, making him equal in earnings to [[Eminem]] and [[Akon]], tied for the 13th highest grossing Hip-Hop artist.{{Citation needed|date=January 2012}}


The eighth album from Chicago hip-hop artist Common was originally scheduled to be released on June 24, 2008 under the name ''Invincible Summer'', but he announced at a [[Temple University]] concert that he would change it to ''[[Universal Mind Control]]''.<ref>{{cite web|author=|url=http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/1045697/common-previews-invincible-new-album |title=Common Previews 'Invincible' New Album , 29 April 2k8 |publisher=Billboard.com |date= |accessdate=May 13, 2011}}</ref> The release date was pushed back to September 30, 2008 due to Common filming ''[[Wanted (2008 film)|Wanted]]''. The release date was set for November 11, 2008, however it was once again pushed back to December 9, 2008.


The album's [[eponymous]] [[lead single]] "[[Universal Mind Control (song)|Universal Mind Control]]", was officially released on July 1, 2008, via the US iTunes Store as part of ''The Announcement EP'' (sold as ''Universal Mind Control EP'' in the UK). The song features Pharrell, who also produced the track. ''The Announcement EP'' included an additional track titled "Announcement", also featuring Pharrell. The video for the lead single was filmed in September by director Hype Williams. In 2009, Common was prominently featured throughout his GOOD Music label-mate [[Kid Cudi]]'s debut album ''[[Man on the Moon: The End of Day]]'', as a narrator and featured artist. In late 2009, it was revealed Common was nominated for two [[Grammy Awards|Grammys]] at the [[52nd Annual Grammy Awards]], including [[Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group]] for "[[Make Her Say]]", alongside Kid Cudi and Kanye West, as well as [[Best Rap Album]] for ''Universal Mind Control''.


=== 2011–2013: Think Common Ent. ===


====''The Dreamer/The Believer'' and feud with Drake====

American producer [[No I.D.]],   stated that he and [[Kanye West]] will be producing Common's next album ''The Dreamer/The Believer'', due sometime in 2011.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://nahright.com/news/2008/10/09/no-id-kanye-to-helm-next-common-album/ |title=No I.D. & Kanye To Helm Next Common Album |publisher=Nah Right |date=October 9, 2008 |accessdate=February 20, 2011}}</ref> In July 2011, it was announced that No I.D. will be the album's sole producer.<ref>{{cite web|last=Horowitz |first=Steven J. |url=http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.15831/title.no-id-to-produce-the-entirety-of-commons-the-dreamer-the-believer |title=No I.D. To Produce The Entirety of Common's "The Dreamer, The Believer" &#124; Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales |publisher=HipHop DX |date=July 5, 2011 |accessdate=October 22, 2011}}</ref> Common made an appearance on [[The Jonas Brothers]]' most recent album, ''[[Lines, Vines and Trying Times]]'' as a guest rapper for the group's new song, "Don't Charge Me for the Crime."<ref name="commonjonas">{{cite web|url=http://www.idiomag.com/peek/83623/common#/83623/1/|title=Common on Jonas Brothers New Album|publisher=IdioMag|accessdate=June 11, 2009}}</ref>


On July 6, 2011, Common released his first single, titled "[[Ghetto Dreams]]", from his next album. A second single,"[http://fashionably-early.com/2011/10/04/common-blue-sky-prod-no-i-d/ Blue Sky]", was released on October 4, 2011. On December 20, 2011, Common released his ninth solo album titled ''[[The Dreamer, The Believer]]''. Although he left GOOD Music in 2011, Common was featured on the label's first compilation album, 2012's ''[[Cruel Summer (GOOD Music album)|Cruel Summer]]''. Common released a song entitled "Sweet", from ''The Dreamer/The Believer'', which included lyrics critical of rappers who sing, although this criticism was not aimed specifically at Canadian recording artist [[Drake (rapper)|Drake]].<ref>{{cite web |url=http://rapradar.com/2011/12/20/common-responds-to-drake-shade-45/|title=Common Responds To Drake (Shade 45)|work=Rap Radar|accessdate=December 20, 2012}}</ref> Drake took offense and responded by releasing "[[Stay Schemin']]", a song with [[Rick Ross]] and [[French Montana]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.prefixmag.com/news/is-drake-dissing-common-on-rick-ross-stay-schemin-/60283/|title=Is Drake Dissing Common On Rick Ross' "Stay Schemin'"? |work=Prefixmag.com|accessdate=May 28, 2012}}</ref> Common fans only had to wait two-and-a-half days for him to respond to Drake's [[diss track]]. On February 13, 2012, Common commented on the feud by saying "It's over. But it was all in the art of hip hop. He said some things to me so I had to say some things back...I wouldn't say [he started it] but I know I heard something that I felt was directed to me so I addressed it. That's all. But you know, thank God we were able to move forward from it and all is good."<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.18651/title.common-confirms-drake-beef-is-over-sends-prayers-to-whitney-houstons-family|title=Common Confirms Drake Beef Is "Over," Sends Prayers To Whitney Houston's Family |work=HipHopDx|accessdate=August 1, 2012}}</ref>


====Artium Recordings and ''Nobody's Smiling''====

After a quiet 2012, Common announced he would release an [[extended play]] (EP) in January 2013, and his first [[mixtape]] in April.<ref name="hiphopdx.com">Horowitz, Steven J.[http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.22416/title.common-to-release-an-ep-album-mixtape-in-2013 Common To Release An EP, Album & Mixtape In 2013 | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales]. HipHop DX. Retrieved on 2013-02-13.</ref> In February 2013, Common announced his tenth solo studio album would be released in September 2013 and will feature [[Kanye West]] and production from Kanye West and [[No I.D.]].<ref name="hiphopdx.com"/> Later on September 8, 2013, he gave an update to his projects saying the previously announced EP would be released soon, and would feature a song with new Def Jam signee [[Vince Staples]]. He also told HipHopDX, his tenth solo studio album would be released in early 2014.<ref>{{cite web|last=Smith |first=Bruce |url=http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.25365/title.common-promises-ep-details-vince-staples-collaboration |title=Common Promises EP & Details Vince Staples Collaboration &#124; Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales |publisher=HipHop DX |date=September 8, 2013 |accessdate=2013-09-18}}</ref>


On January 6, 2014, Common announced his tenth studio album to be titled ''[[Nobody Smiling]]'' and would be produced entirely by longtime collaborator No I.D.. The album, which Common revealed was originally going to be an EP, is set to feature [[Vince Staples]], [[James Fauntleroy]] and "some new artists from Chicago." The concept of the album was inspired by his troubled hometown of Chicago: "We came up with this concept 'nobody's smiling.' It was really a thought that came about because of all the violence in Chicago," he says. "It happens in Chicago, but it's happening around the world in many ways." He continues, "We was talking about the conditions of what's happening, when I say 'nobody's smiling.' But it's really a call to action."<ref name="NS">[http://www.rap-up.com/2014/01/06/common-announces-new-album-nobody-smiling/ "Common Announces New Album 'Nobody Smiling'"]. Rap-Up.com. Retrieved February 17, 2014.</ref><ref name="NS2">Kennedy, John (January 7, 2014). [http://www.vibe.com/article/watch-common-reveals-guests-nobody-smiling-lp "Watch: Common Reveals Guests On 'Nobody Smiling' LP"]. ''[[Vibe (magazine)|Vibe]]''.</ref><ref name="NS3">Ortiz, Edwin (January 6, 2014). [http://www.complex.com/music/2014/01/common-new-album-nobody-smiling-fully-produced-by-no-id "Common to Release New Album 'Nobody Smiling' In 2014, Entirely Produced by No I.D."]. ''[[Complex (magazine)|Complex]]''.</ref> On June 4, 2014, it was announced Common signed a recording contract with [[Def Jam Recordings]] and No I.D.'s Artium Records.<ref name="defjam">{{cite web|url=http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwmusic/article/Grammy-Winner-COMMON-Signs-to-No-IDs-ArtiumDef-Jam-Recordings-20140604# |title=Grammy Winner COMMON Signs to No I.D.'s Artium/Def Jam Recordings - BWWMusicWorld |publisher=Broadwayworld.com |date= |accessdate=2014-07-13}}</ref> It was also announced ''Nobody's Smiling'' would be released July 22, 2014.<ref name="defjam"/>


== Other work ==


=== Acting ===

In 2003, Common appeared on the American [[UPN]] sitcom ''[[Girlfriends]]''. In the episode "Take This Poem and Call Me in the Morning", he appeared as Omar, a [[slam poet]] who competes with fellow poet Sivad (played by [[Saul Williams]]) for the affection of Lynn Searcy (played by [[Persia White]]). He also had a cameo appearance on an episode of UPN's ''[[One on One (TV series)|One on One]]'', where he played a drama class instructor named Darius. He also made an appearance on the ABC show ''[[Scrubs (TV series)|Scrubs]]''. In 2007, Common appeared with [[Ryan Reynolds]], [[Jeremy Piven]], and [[Alicia Keys]] in the crime film ''[[Smokin' Aces]]'', making his big screen debut as villainous [[Sicilian Mafia|Mob]] [[hitman|enforcer]] Sir Ivy. He appeared alongside [[Denzel Washington]], [[Russell Crowe]], [[The RZA]] and [[T.I.]] in the 2007 crime thriller ''[[American Gangster (film)|American Gangster]]''. On January 20, 2007, one week before the opening of ''Smokin Aces'', he appeared in a ''[[Saturday Night Live]]'' sketch as himself.  The show's host was Piven, his ''Aces'' co-star.


In 2007 Common played the role of ''Smokin' Aces'' co-star [[Alicia Keys]]'s boyfriend in the music video "[[Like You'll Never See Me Again]]".


In 2008, he starred in the film adaptation of the comic book ''[[Wanted (2008 film)|Wanted]]'' alongside [[Morgan Freeman]] and [[Angelina Jolie]]. Common also appeared in the movie ''[[Street Kings]]'' with [[Keanu Reeves]], [[Hugh Laurie]], [[The Game (rapper)|The Game]], and [[Forest Whitaker]]. Common also starred in the 2010 movie ''[[Just Wright]]'' as a basketball player who falls in love with his trainer [[Queen Latifah]].<ref>{{cite web| url=http://www.firstshowing.net/2007/11/17/four-justice-league-of-america-casting-confirmations-arrive-early |title=Four Justice League of America Casting Confirmations Arrive Early  |publisher=Firstshowing.net |date=November 17, 2007 |accessdate=May 13, 2011}}</ref> He appeared in the 2009 film ''[[Terminator Salvation]]'' as [[John Connor]]'s lieutenant Barnes.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://nme.com/news/nme/36455 |title=Common to appear in new 'Terminator' film &#124; News |publisher=Nme.Com |date=May 7, 2008 |accessdate=May 13, 2011}}</ref> He starred as a corrupt cop in the 2010 comedy ''[[Date Night]]'' with [[Steve Carell]] and [[Tina Fey]]. He was part of the [[ensemble cast]] of AMC's ''[[Hell on Wheels (TV series)|Hell on Wheels]]'', as one of the lead characters, Elam Ferguson, a recently freed slave trying to find his place in the world.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://blogs.amctv.com/hell-on-wheels/2011/11/common-interview.php |title=Common Q&A |publisher=amctv.com |date=November 6, 2011 |accessdate=November 6, 2011}}</ref> In the 2014 film ''[[Selma (film)|Selma]]'', for which he also co-wrote the Oscar-winning song "Glory", Common co-starred as 1960s civil rights leader [[James Bevel]].


In April 2015, it was revealed that Common had been cast in the upcoming David Ayer-helmed DC Entertainment/Warner Bros. super-villain action film, ''[[Suicide Squad (film)|Suicide Squad]]'', though what role he would play had not been revealed. <ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.ballerstatus.com/2015/04/23/common-joins-suicide-squad-cast/|title=Common Joins “Suicide Squad” Cast|publisher=BallerStatus.com|date=April 23, 2015|}}</ref>


=== Modeling and clothing ===

[[File:Common-08-mika.jpg|thumb]]


In 2006, Common was a model for photos of [[Gap (clothing retailer)|The Gap's]] fall season collection, appearing on posters in stores. Later that year, he performed in The Gap's "Holiday in Your Hood" themed ''Peace Love Gap.'' In February 2007, Common signed a deal with New Era to promote their new line of Layers fitted caps. Common also stars in a television commercial for the 2008 Lincoln Navigator.  He appears in NBA 2K8 in NBA Blacktop mode. In the fall of 2008, Common appeared in an ad for Microsoft's [[Zune]], comparing his new song, "[[Universal Mind Control]]", to "[[Planet Rock (song)|Planet Rock]]", a song from hip hop pioneer [[Afrika Bambaataa]]. Also, he featured in the [[Diesel (brand)|Diesel]] campaign for a new fragrance called "Only The Brave". His song "Be (intro)" is featured in a commercial for [[BlackBerry]] as of January 2011.


In December 2008, Common launched a new clothing line in partnership with Microsoft titled "Softwear", based on 1980s computing.


=== Writing ===


Common was invited by First Lady [[Michelle Obama]] to appear at a poetry reading on May 11, 2011 at the [[White House]].<ref>{{cite web|author=Neil Munro|url=http://dailycaller.com/2011/05/09/burn-a-bush-michelle-obama-invites-rapper-common-to-a-poetry-reading/|title='Burn a Bush'? Michelle Obama invites rapper Common to a poetry reading|publisher=[[The Daily Caller]]|date= |accessdate=May 13, 2011}}</ref> This caused furor with the [[New Jersey State Police]] and their union,<ref>{{cite web|url=http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2011/05/common-controversy-comes-to-white-house-poetry-night-cops-conservatives-cry-foul-at-some-of-his-past-work.html |title=Common Controversy Comes to White House Poetry Night; Cops, Conservatives Cry Foul at Some of His Past Work (UPDATED) – Political Punch |publisher=[[ABC News]]|date=May 2, 1973 |accessdate=May 13, 2011}}</ref> who disagreed with his lyrical content. The president of the New Jersey State Troopers Fraternal Association voiced concern to the White House. They cite the song "A Song For Assata" about a member of the [[Black Liberation Army]] and step-aunt of deceased rapper [[Tupac Shakur]] named [[Assata Shakur]], previously known as Joanne Chesimard,<ref>[http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/dt/joanne-deborah-chesimard "Wanted b the FBI: JOANNE DEBORAH CHESIMARD"]. [[FBI]]. accessed September 19, 2011.</ref> who was convicted in 1977 of the first degree murder of New Jersey state trooper Werner Foerster.

[[File:9.13.11CommonDrHinesByLuigiNovi2.jpg|thumb|Common and his mother, Dr Mahalia Ann Hines, at a September 13, 2011, signing for his memoir at the [[Barnes & Noble]] in [[Tribeca]], Manhattan]]

At another poetry reading, Common said, "flyers say 'free Mumia' on my freezer", a reference to [[Mumia Abu-Jamal]], who was controversially convicted of killing Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981. Common stated, "The one thing that shouldn't be questioned is my support for the police officers and troops that protect us every day."


[[Jay Carney]], the [[White House Press Secretary]] at the time, spoke for President Obama on the matter by saying the president does not support, but actually opposes, some of the kind of words and lyrics that have been written by Common and others.<ref name="blogs.abcnews.com">Dirner, Cullen. [http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2011/05/white-house-condemns-some-of-commons-lyrics-but-praises-his-larger-body-of-work.html "White House Condemns Some of Common's Lyrics but Praises his Larger Body of Work"]. ABC News. May 11, 2011</ref> Even though the president does not support the lyrics in question, he believed that some reports were distorting what Mr. Lynn stands for more broadly. Common gave a single line response to the entire controversy: "I guess Sarah Palin and Fox News doesn't like me."<ref name="blogs.abcnews.com"/>


[[Jon Stewart]] of Comedy Central's ''[[The Daily Show]]'' questioned Fox News' coverage of the controversy, saying that they "took the time to ignore Common's entire body of work, save for one poem he wrote in 2007 that they appear to misunderstand." Stewart also pointed out that in 2002, George W. Bush honored Johnny Cash, whose songs contain violent lyrics. Stewart further pointed out that Fox News itself offered positive coverage of Common's career in 2010, and that Sean Hannity, who criticized Common's White House invitation, is a friend of musician [[Ted Nugent]], who in clips played on ''The Daily Show'', used violent rhetoric in comments he made about President Obama and Hillary Clinton.<ref>Weprin, Alex. [http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/common-controversy-the-daily-show-takes-down-fox-news-reports-on-rapper-visit-to-white-house_b66026 "Common Controversy? ''The Daily Show'' Takes Down Fox News Reports on Rapper Visit to White House"]. TV Newser. May 12, 2011</ref> Common later discussed the matter with Stewart during a September 14, 2011 appearance on the program.<ref>{{cite episode|series=[[The Daily Show with Jon Stewart]]|title=[http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/ixbs5v/common "Common"]|airdate=September 14, 2011|network=[[Comedy Central]]}}</ref>


In September 2011, Common published his memoir, ''One Day It'll All Make Sense'', through Atria Books. As the book details how his close relationship with his mother influenced his life, it is partially narrated by her.<ref>[http://www.amazon.com/One-Day-Itll-Make-Sense/dp/1451625871/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1315793449&sr=8-1 ''One Day It'll All Make Sense'']. [[Amazon.com]]. accessed September 11, 2011. On October 18, 2011, Common made a visit to Eastern Michigan University, along with speaking, he freestyled and engaged in a book signing for ''One Day It'll All Make Sense''. It was epic.</ref>


=== Activism ===

Common used to be vegan, but is now a [[pescetarian]]. In addition, he is a supporter of [[animal rights]] and [[People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals|PETA]]. He appeared in a print advertisement for PETA titled "Think Before You Eat".<ref name="looktothestars1">{{cite web | title=Common charity biography | date=n.d.| url=http://www.looktothestars.org/celebrity/1464-common | publisher=Look to the Stars | accessdate=October 11, 2010}}</ref>


Common is also part of the "Knowing Is Beautiful" movement, which supports HIV/AIDS awareness.<ref name="looktothestars1"/> He is featured in the video for "[[Yes We Can (will.i.am song)|Yes We Can]]", a song in support of the candidacy of [[Barack Obama]], which made its debut on the internet on February 2, 2008. Common has pledged to stop using [[Homophobia|anti-gay]] lyrics in his music.<ref>{{cite web | title=Common Pledges No More Anti-Gay Lyrics | date=September 6, 2007 | url=http://www.newnownext.com/common-pledges-no-more-anti-gay-lyrics/09/2007/ | publisher=NewNowNext.com | accessdate=May 11, 2011}}</ref><ref>''ContactMusic.com''. 09/05/2007 10:28:16 PM. Retrieved June 24, 2008.</ref>


Common is the founder of the Common Ground Foundation,<ref>{{cite web | title=Mission Statement | date=n.d.| url=http://www.commongroundfoundation.org/newaboutus2.html | publisher=Common Ground Foundation | accessdate=October 12, 2011}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|last=Nation19.com / APDTA Research Department |title=Hip Hop Humanitarians|url=http://issuu.com/radiobums/docs/nation19_2/15|accessdate=November 30, 2011|newspaper=www.Nation19.com}}</ref> a non-profit that seeks to empower underprivileged youth to be strong citizens and citizens of the world. The foundation includes programs dedicated to leadership development & empowerment, educational development, creative expression, as well as a book club. In 2014 Common Ground inaugurated the Aahh! Fest music festival in Chicago's Union Park.<ref>{{cite news|last1=Mark|first1=Bazer|title=Common is Back in the Neighborhood|url=http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/October-2014/Common/|issue=October 2014|publisher=Chicago magazine|date=Sep 17, 2014}}</ref>


== Personal life ==

Common has had romantic relationships with singer [[Erykah Badu]], actress [[Taraji P. Henson]], and tennis player [[Serena Williams]], but as of July 2014 maintained that he was single.<ref name=Gomez>{{cite news|last=Gomez|first=Luis|title=Interview: Common wishes timing of White House controversy could've been better|url=http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/celebrity/aboutlastnight/chi-rapper-common-book-chicago-20110923,0,1327335.story|accessdate=May 21, 2012|newspaper=Chicago Tribune|date=September 26, 2011}}</ref>


== Discography ==

{{Main|Common discography|List of Common songs}}

* ''[[Can I Borrow a Dollar?]]'' (1992)

* ''[[Resurrection (Common album)|Resurrection]]'' (1994)

* ''[[One Day It'll All Make Sense]]'' (1997)

* ''[[Like Water for Chocolate (album)|Like Water for Chocolate]]'' (2000)

* ''[[Electric Circus (album)|Electric Circus]]'' (2002)

* ''[[Be (Common album)|Be]]'' (2005)

* ''[[Finding Forever]]'' (2007)

* ''[[Universal Mind Control]]'' (2008)

* ''[[The Dreamer/The Believer]]'' (2011)

* ''[[Nobody's Smiling]]'' (2014)


== Filmography ==


=== Film ===

{| class="wikitable sortable"

|-

! Year

! Title

! Role

! Notes

|-

|2002

|''[[Brown Sugar (2002 film)|Brown Sugar]]''

|Himself

|Cameo

|-

|2006

|''[[Dave Chappelle Block Party|Dave Chapelle's Block Party]]''

|Himself

|Cameo

|-

|2007

|''[[Smokin' Aces]]''

|Sir Ivy

|

|-

|2007

|''[[American Gangster (film)|American Gangster]]''

|Turner Lucas

|

|-

|2008

|''[[Street Kings (film)|Street Kings]]''

|Coates

|

|-

|2008

|''[[Wanted (2008 film)|Wanted]]''

|The Gunsmith

|

|-

|2009

|''[[Terminator Salvation]]''

|Barnes

|

|-

|2009

|''[[Dow Jones]]''

|Dow Jones

|Short film

|-

|2010

|''[[Date Night]]''

|Detective Collins

|

|-

|2010

|''[[Just Wright]]''

|Scott McKnight

|

|-

|2010

|''[[Bouncing Cats]]''

|Himself

|Narrator

|-

|2011

|''[[Happy Feet Two]]''

| Seymour

|

|-

|2011

|''[[New Year's Eve (film)|New Year's Eve]]''

|Chino

|Cameo

|-

|2012

|''[[LUV (film)|LUV]]''

|Uncle Vincent

|Producer

|-

|2012

|''Ali 70 from Las Vegas''

|

|Television film

|-

|2012

|''[[The Odd Life of Timothy Green]]''

|Coach Cal

|

|-

|2013

|''[[Movie 43]]''

|Bob Mone

|Segment "The Pitch"

|-

|2013

|''[[Now You See Me (film)|Now You See Me]]''

|Agent Evans

|

|-

|2013

|''[[Pawn (film)|Pawn]]''

|Officer Jeff Porter

|

|-

|2014

|''[[X/Y]]''

|Jason

|

|-

|2014

|''[[Every Secret Thing (film)|Every Single Thing]]''

|

|

|-

|2014

|''[[Selma (film)|Selma]]''

|[[James Bevel]]

|

|-

|2015

|''[[Run All Night (film)|Run All Night]]''

| Mr. Price

|

|-

| 2015

| ''[[Unity (film)|Unity]]''<ref>{{cite web|author1=Dave McNary|title=Documentary ‘Unity’ Set for Aug. 12 Release with 100 Star Narrators|url=http://variety.com/2015/film/news/documentary-unity-set-for-aug-12-release-with-100-star-narrators-1201477200/|publisher=[[Variety (magazine)|Variety]]|accessdate=May 1, 2015|date=April 22, 2015}}</ref>

| Narrator

| Documentary

|-

|2016

|''[[Suicide Squad (film)|Suicide Squad]]''

|

|

|}


=== Television ===

{| class="wikitable sortable"

|-

! Year

! Title

! Role

! Notes

|-

|2003

|''[[Girlfriends]]''

|Omar

|Episode: "Take This Poem and Call Me in the Morning"

|-

|2004

|''[[Game Over (TV series)|Game Over]]''

|Cammon

|

|-

|2004

|''[[One on One (TV series)|One on One]]''

|Darius

|Episode: "Cabin Fever"

|-

|2011

|''[[Single Ladies (TV series)|Single Ladies]]''

|Mayor Howard

|Episode: "Pilot"

|-

|2011–2014

|''[[Hell on Wheels (TV series)|Hell on Wheels]]''

|Elam Ferguson

|Main cast

|-

|2013

|''{{sortname|The|Mindy Project}}''

|Security guard

|Episode: "Harry & Mindy"

|-

|2014

|''[[Framework (TV series)|Framework]]''

|Host

|

|}


=== Video games ===

{| class="wikitable sortable"

|-

! Year

! Title

! Role

! Notes

|-

|2009

|''[[Wanted: Weapons of Fate]]''

|Brummel

|Voice

|-

|2009

|''[[Terminator Salvation (video game)|Terminator Salvation]]''

|Barnes

|Voice

|}


== Awards and nominations ==

{| class="wikitable" style="font-size:100%"

|- style="text-align:center;"

! style="background:#B0C4DE;" | Awards

! style="background:#B0C4DE;" | Year

! style="background:#B0C4DE;" | Type

! style="background:#B0C4DE;" | Song or album

! style="background:#B0C4DE;" | Notes

|-

|[[Academy Award]]

|[[87th Academy Awards|2015]]

|[[Academy Award for Best Original Song|Best Original Song]] 

| "[[Glory (Common and John Legend song)|Glory]]" <small>(with [[John Legend]])</small>

|{{Won}}

|-

|[[African-American Film Critics Association]]

| [[African-American Film Critics Association Awards 2014|2014]]

| Best Music

| "[[Glory (Common and John Legend song)|Glory]]" <small>(with [[John Legend]])</small>

| {{Won}}

|-

|rowspan=4|[[BET Awards]]

| rowspan=3|2003

| Video of the Year

| "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)"

| {{Won}}

|-

| Viewer's Choice

| "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)"

| {{won}}

|-

| Best Collaboration

| "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)"

| {{nom}}

|-

| 2006

| Best Male Hip-Hop Artist

|

| {{nom}}

|-

|rowspan=8|[[BET Hip Hop Awards]]

|rowspan=2|2006

| Element Award – Lyricist of the Year

|

| {{Won}}

|-

| Hip-Hop Video of the Year

| "[[Testify (Common song)|Testify"]]

| {{nom}}

|-

|rowspan=5| 2007

| Lyricist of the Year

|

| {{Won}}

|-

| CD of the Year

| ''[[Finding Forever]]''

| {{Won}}

|-

| Best Hip Hop Video

| "The People"

| {{nom}}

|-

| Best Live Performance

|

| {{nom}}

|-

| MVP of the Year

|

| {{nom}}

|-

| 2014

| Impact Track

| "Kingdom" 

| {{won}}

|-

| [[Black Reel Awards]]

| 2003

| Best Film Song

| "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)"

| {{Won}}

|-

| [[Critics' Choice Movie Award]]

| [[20th Critics' Choice Awards|2015]]

| [[Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Song|Best Song]]

| "[[Glory (Common and John Legend song)|Glory]]"

| {{Won}}

|-

| Georgia Film Critics Association

| 2015

| Best Original Song

| "[[Glory (Common and John Legend song)|Glory]]"

| {{Won}}

|-

|[[Golden Globe Award]]

|[[72nd Golden Globe Awards|2015]]

|[[Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song|Best Original Song]] 

| "[[Glory (Common and John Legend song)|Glory]]" <small>(with [[John Legend]])</small>

|{{won}}

|-

| rowspan=16|[[Grammy Awards]]

| 2001

| Best Rap Solo Performance

| "[[The Light (Common song)|The Light]]"

| {{nom}}

|-

|rowspan=3| 2003

| Best Song Written for a Motion Picture/Television Movie

| "[[Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)|Love of My Life]]"

| {{nom}}

|-

| Best R&B Song

| "[[Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)|Love of My Life]]"

| {{Won}}

|-

| Best Urban/Alternative Performance

| "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)"

| {{nom}}

|-

|rowspan=4| 2006

| Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

| "They Say"

| {{nom}}

|-

| Best Rap Album

| ''Be''

| {{nom}}

|-

| Best Rap Solo Performance

| Testify

| {{nom}}

|-

| Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group

| "[[The Corner (song)|The Corner]]"

| {{nom}}

|-

|rowspan=3| 2008

| Best Rap Performance by Duo or Group

| "[[Southside (Common song)|Southside]]"

| {{Won}}

|-

| Best Rap Album

| ''Finding Forever''

| {{nom}}

|-

| Best Rap Solo Performance

| "[[The People (Common song)|The People]]"

| {{nom}}

|-

|rowspan=2|2010

| Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group

| "[[Make Her Say]]"

| {{nom}}

|-

| Best Rap Album

| ''[[Universal Mind Control]]''

| {{nom}}

|-

|rowspan=1| 2011

| Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

| "[[Wake Up Everybody (song)#Other versions|Wake Up Everybody]]"

| {{nom}}

|-

|rowspan=2| 2015

| Best Rap Album

| ''[[Nobody's Smiling]]''

| {{nom}}

|-

| Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

| "Blak Majik"

| {{nom}}

|-

|[[Houston Film Critics Society]]

|[[Houston Film Critics Society Awards 2014|2015]]

|Best Original Song

| "[[Glory (Common and John Legend song)|Glory]]"

|{{nom}}

|-

| rowspan=5|[[Image Awards]]

| rowspan=5| 2006

| Outstanding Duo or Group

| "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)"

| {{nom}}

|-

| Outstanding Song

| "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)"

| {{nom}}

|-

| Outstanding Music Video

| "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)"

| {{nom}}

|-

| Outstanding Music Video

| "Testify"

| {{nom}}

|-

| Outstanding Male Artist

| n/a

| {{nom}}

|-

| rowspan=6|[[MTV Video Music Awards]]

| 2001

| Breakthrough Video

| "[[Geto Heaven Remix T.S.O.I. (The Sound of Illadelph)|Geto Heaven Remix T.S.O.I.]]"

| {{nom}}

|-

| 2003

| MTV2 Award

| "[[Come Close]]"

| {{nom}}

|-

| 2005

| Best Hip-Hop Video

| "[[Go (Common song)|Go]]"

| {{nom}}

|-

| rowspan=3|2006

| Best Hip-Hop Video

| "Testify"

| {{nom}}

|-

| Best Direction in a Video

| "Testify"

| {{nom}}

|-

| Best Art Direction in a Video

| "Testify"

| {{nom}}

|-

|[[NAACP Image Award]]

|2015

| [[NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture|Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture]]

|

| {{won}}

|-

| rowspan=2|[[Soul Train Awards]]

|rowspan=2| 2006

| Best R&B/Soul Single by a Duo or Group

| "[[Supastar]]"

| {{nom}}

|-

| Best Music Video

| "Testify"

| {{nom}}

|-

| [[Vibe Awards]]

| 2005

| Reelest Video

| "The Corner"

| {{nom}}

|}