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Common Opens Up About Role in ‘Hell on Wheels’ TV Series

November is looking to be a big month for Common. Aside from the release of his ninth studio album, 'The Dreamer, The Believer,' and a spot in the animated film 'Happy Feet 2,' the Chicago native will debut his latest acting role on the AMC series 'Hell on Wheels.'

Set in 1865, the Western-themed show features the rapper-turned-actor playing the role of an emancipated slave trying to gain acceptance in post-slavery America. "It'

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Common Says Maya Angelou on New LP, ‘Blue Sky’ Is Relatable

Three years after the lukewarm success of his last album, 'Universal Mind Control,' rapper Common is ready to take his fans back to the basics. The Chicago MC, whose lyrical intrigue has long been based around his appreciation for spoken word poetry, chose to take listeners in a new, yet sonically familiar direction for his latest album, 'The Dreamer, The Believer.' Unlike his electro-inspired previous album, th

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‘I Used to Love H.E.R.’ — 25 Rap Songs About Women

While hip-hop has born countless phrases and trends, from its B-Boy days to Auto-Tune's eminence, coastal beef to Southern dominance, some of the music's most enduring contributions, in any era, have been songs about the ladies

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Common Conjures Up a ‘Blue Sky’ — Listen

Common has leaked a soulful second single, 'Blue Sky,' from his forthcoming No I.D.-produced album 'The Dreamer, The Believer.'

The Windy City MC, who has reunited with his old collaborator for an album's worth of Chi-t

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Common Explains Why Tennis Star, Basquiat Are in New Book

Even Common has his flaws. From afar, the conscious MC and lauded actor may have a picture-perfect life but his past experiences -- a mix of both positive and negative -- have attributed to the choices he's made to travel the right path over the wrong one. Throughout his eight lyrical works, the 39-year-old

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Common Reveals Erykah Badu Dumped Him Over the Phone

We have a sneaking suspicion that Erykah Badu may have partially influenced the title of Common's new memoir, 'One Day It'll All Make Sense.' In a candid Q&A with gossip queen Wendy Williams on her talk show this morning (Sept.

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Common to Release ‘One Day It’ll All Make Sense’ Book

Common entered the entertainment industry as a rapper but has added more than one title to his resume since he came on the scene in the early '90s. From rhymer to actor, the 39-year-old is now adding author to his repertoire.

The 'Be' creator, born Lonnie Rashid Lynn, has

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Producer No I.D. Lands New Position at Def Jam

Producer No I.D. is adding another title to his resume, one that will have him overseeing many of the same artists he's crafted beats for.

"I'm (now) executive VP of Def Jam," he told Billboard. "I'm going to keep on doing what I'm doing and take it to another

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Common Says He & No I.D. Are Crafting ‘Positive Hip-Hop’

Since he took time away from the music game to grow his acting career, Common is ready to get back to his first passion: rapping. The Chicago native, who is featured on this year's Rock the Bells tour, is gearing up for the release

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Common Raps ‘Be,’ Lauryn Hill Speeds at L.A. Rock the Bells

Lauryn Hill returned to the Rock the Bells stage for the second year in a row, closing out the inaugural show, which kicked off in San Bernardino, Calif. Saturday (Aug. 21). Unlike previous years, this year

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