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Common (rapper)

Common (aka Common Sense, born Lonnie Rashied Lynn) is a Chicago-based alternative hip hop artist. Common debuted in 1992 (see 1992 in music) with the single "Take It EZ" and the LP Can I Borrow a Dollar?[?]. Though popular success was virtually nonexistent, Common established a solid fanbase among alternative rap fans, in spite of critical criticism for misogyny.

In 1997 (see 1997 in music), Common released One Day It'll All Make Sense[?], which included nu soul artists like Lauryn Hill along with rappers like Q-Tip[?] and Black Thought[?]. The album was critically acclaimed, and led to his major label[?] contract with MCA Records.

With ?estlove[?] producing, 2000's Like Water for Chocolate[?] was almost a breakthrough success, and greatly expanded his fanbase among critics and listeners. His latest album, Electric Circus[?] (2002, 2002 in music) was similarly successful.

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