The very uncommon Common is so commonly seen on screens big and small you almost can forget he is, first and foremost, a musical artist.
Also known as Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Common started making waves in the world of music in the 1990s, with major-label debut, “Like Water for Chocolate,” hitting in 2000. The rapper has released several full-length albums since then, the most recent being 2016’s “Black America Again,” a critical fave.
But he’s also been seen on television (“Hell on Wheels”) and all over the big screen, in films that include “The Hate You Give,” “Suicide Squad” and “Selma,” for which he and singer John Legend recorded the Academy Award-winning song “Glory.”
In the coming months, he’ll appear in “The Kitchen,” “Eve” and “The Informer.”
Already the author of 2011 memoir “One Day It’ll All Make Sense,” Common on May 7 released “Let Love Have the Last Word,” in which, according to a news release, he shares his unique and personal stories of the people and experiences who have led him to a better understanding of love.
And then … there are those Microsoft ads. There’s a decent chance that if you’ve given much thought about the possibilities of artificial intelligence of late, it’s because Common all but insisted you do so.
All this AND Common still finds time to devote himself to social justice and advocacy.
But, again, music came first, and it is music that will bring him to Cleveland in late summer. Common is slated to perform at Agora Cleveland, with singer-rapper Maimouna Youssef, on Aug. 9.
Tickets — general admission $39.75 ($44.75 day of show), reserved mezzanine $59.75 — go on sale at 10 a.m. June 14. Get more info on the show here.
Image credit: Courtesy of Agora Cleveland