November 18, 2014
Common is a musician, actor and author but is best known as the “King of Conscious Hip Hop”. He is one of music’s most poetic and respected lyricists with over nine albums. His introspective rhymes have pushed boundaries with their incisive social commentary. Common has also branched out into acting, portraying freed slave Elam Ferguson in AMC’s historical drama series Hell on Wheels. He also appears in several movies, including Smokin’ Aces, Wanted, Terminator Salvation, Date Night, and Just Wright. Common isn’t just a musician and actor: he is a role model. In 2007, he launched the Common Ground Foundation, an organization dedicated to the empowerment and development of America’s urban youth. Offering the younger generations a better understanding of self-respect and love, he has combined hip hop with literature and released three children’s books. His first book for adults is the provocative and touching memoir, One Day It’ll All Make Sense. Whether inspiring audiences through his music, his books, or his foundation, Common continues to break new ground, and remains one of hip hop’s most innovative, positive voices.