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The American hip-hop artist/actor/producer Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. has gone by the stage name of Common (Common Sense) since his music career began in 1991. He hails from the windy city of Chicago, Illinois and was born on March 13, 1972. He got his start in the music industry as a high school student when he became part of a rap trio. Using those rap roots, Common spent the early part of his recording career as an underground rap artist. His debut studio album was Can I Borrow a Dollar?, which was released in 1992. The album cracked the top 100 on the US R&B Chart. After two more albums under the Relatively label, Common moved to MCA, Universal. His first album with the new label was a moderate success. Like Water for Chocolate (2000) sold over 500,000 copies and reached #16 on the US Billboard Hot 200 Albums Chart and No. 5 on the R&B Chart. After another label change to GOOD Music, Geffen in late 2004, Common finally landed a chart topper. "Be" (2005) was certified gold and debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 Chart and secured the top spot on the R&B Chart. This was accomplished without a standout single, just critical acclaim and fan appeal. In 2007, the album Finding Forever matched that album's chart success when it peaked at #1 on both of the aforementioned charts. Common has established a decent career as character actor. Among his movie credits are roles in the feature films "American Gangster" with Denzel Washington (2007) and "Street Kings" (2008). In 2003, he won the first of two Grammy Awards when he was honored with Best R&B Song for "Love of My Life". Common released The Dreamer/The Believer in 2011 and Nobody's Smiling in 2014.