Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr. (born March 13, 1972), better known by his stage name "Common", is an American hip hop recording artist, actor, and poet from Chicago, Illinois. Common debuted in 1992 with the album Can I Borrow a Dollar? and maintained a significant underground following into the late 1990s, after which he gained notable mainstream success through his work with the music group, The Soulquarians.
In 2015, Common won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, and the Academy Award for Best Original Song, for his song "Glory" from the 2014 film Selma, in which he co-starred as 1960s Civil Rights Movement leader James Bevel. Common's acting career also includes starring significant roles in the films American Gangster, Smokin' Aces, Street Kings (with Keanu Reeves and Forest Whitaker), Wanted (with Angelina Jolie), Date Night (with Mark Wahlberg), Just Wright, New Year's Eve, Now You See Me (with Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine) and Run All Night (with Liam Neeson). Common also has a recurring role on the hit AMC cable Western show, "Hell on Wheels".