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December 9, 2008 | Margaret Wappler
Common "Universal Mind Control" (G.O.O.D. Music/Geffen Records) 1/2 The once-underground hip-hop artist Common painted himself into a corner a while ago as a chin-stroking hippie who can still hang with the harder types. It might've gotten Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr. a few Hollywood jobs, but it didn't help diversify his image -- and image counts for a lot in Common's business. In his eighth album, "Universal Mind Control," Common tries to break away, taking on a harder, naughtier persona and dipping his typically dusty grooves in executive producer Pharrell's cold chemical wash.
August 9, 2007 | Todd Martens, Times Staff Writer
VETERAN Chicago rapper Common must be feeling special: He has the first No. 1 album of his career with "Finding Forever," which sold 155,000 copies in its first week in stores, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the seventh studio album from Common (whose given name is Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr.) and it finds him back in tandem with fellow Chicagoan Kanye West as the primary producer.
May 10, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
Outrage alert: Some conservatives have a beef with Michelle Obama’s invitation to a rapper who once called for the “burn”-ing of George W. Bush to perform this week at White House event. Hip-hop artist Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr., a Chicago native who goes by the name Common, will be part of a poetry program Wednesday night. President Obama is expected to attend. The Daily Caller, a conservative news site launched by Tucker Carlson, has helped spearhead the controversy over the rapper.
May 13, 2010 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
In the music world, rapper and hip-hop artist Common has already proven himself. He's released eight albums, earned five Grammy award nominations and has worked alongside the likes of Kanye West. But as an actor, Common (born Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr.) is still fighting to be taken seriously. "No matter what you accomplish in the music world, that is still not going to secure you a role in a quality movie. Some casting agents and directors and producers will say, 'We don't want a rapper in the role,' " said Common by telephone from New York this week, where he was promoting his latest film, "Just Wright."
William Orbit Record producer, musician, 43 What he's done: "Attach his name to any project, and it immediately becomes viable," London's Time Out magazine wrote of Orbit. The Englishman has been a presence in pop's experimental, electronic and dance divisions since 1984, releasing records as a member of such groups as BassOmatic, Torch Song and Spill (a duo with Beth Orton) and on his own.
May 31, 2009 | Emili Vesilind
In hip-hop, bling is dead. Hefty gold chains and diamond-encrusted pendants the size of passports now feel as played out as brass knuckles or Timberland boots -- relics from '90 hip-hop culture. A gentlemanly (dare we say quiet?) style has slowly been usurping rap's brazen flashiness. And suddenly, rappers everywhere are looking like variations on one artist -- Common.
January 14, 2007 | Elizabeth Khuri
Common doesn't fit the hip-hop stereotype. He raps about peace, his jeans fit smartly and he's the author of three books for young children. "People have the impression that hip-hop is one way, but it's very broad. There are so many voices," the Grammy Award winner says. Born Lonnie Rashid Lynn 34 years ago, his first crossover mainstream album was "Like Water for Chocolate" in 2000, and his best-selling--so far--has been 2005's "Be."
March 19, 2000 | SOREN BAKER, Soren Baker is a regular contributor to Calendar
There's nothing Common about Lonnie Rashid Lynn, even if that's the moniker the Chicago rapper has adopted. For eight years, Lynn has been one of the most acclaimed figures in hip-hop, a rapper with an insightful, socially conscious message. The Source magazine has called him "Chicago's lyrical warrior," while Rap Pages said he is "notches above dope."
January 8, 2003
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