Common Net Worth
Who is Common?
Born to Dr. Mahalia Ann Hines and Lonnie Lynn, Common, formerly known as ‘Common Sense’, is an American hip-hop rapper, actor, poet and film producer. He started his rapping career in 1992 as he released his first LP, “Can I borrow a Dollar?”. Common is quite famously known to be the first and the only rapper to have won the three most prestigious awards- Emmy, Grammy and Oscar. He bagged an Emmy for ‘Outstanding original music and lyrics’ for his music in Ava DuVernay’s 13th documentary, a Grammy for his featuring in Erykah Badu’s track ‘Love of my Life’, and an Oscar for ‘Glory’ with John Legend, which also won him the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.
Common’s current net worth is estimated to be around $50 million. Apart from his career in music, Common also owes a part of his worth to is acting career, acting in films like Smokin’ Aces, Street Kings, American Gangster, John Wick 2 and many more. In 2011, Common launched his own production house, Think Common Entertainment after working under many labels like Relativity, Geffen, GOOD Music, etc. Common has a whopping 5.32 million followers on Twitter and 2 million followers on Instagram.
Common was born on March 13, 1972, to an educator Dr. Mahalia Ann Hines and a basketball player, Lonnie Lynn Sr., in Chicago, Illinois. As a student in Luther High School South, Common formed C.D.R., a rap trio. He went on to major in Business Administration from Florida A&M University. Being featured in The Source magazine inspired him to record his first single ‘Take it EZ’ and then his first album ‘Can I borrow a Dollar’ He resorted to being an independent artist and developed a reputation of being a well versed and contemplative lyricist. In the course of his music career, he collaborated with numerous artists like Lauryn Hill, De La Soul, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Pharrell Williams and a plethora of other genius artists. Common was also inclined towards acting, which is evident from his roles in sitcom Girlfriends, One on One and Hell on Wheels.
Common’s most notable work includes his track ‘I used to love H.E.R.’, which broke the stereotype of the prevailing “gangsta” culture back in the 90’s. Common has always set himself apart from the conventional stream of rap music and proved himself to be a lyrical genius- be it his debut album or any other album for that matter. His album ‘Be’ topped the Billboard’s Hip-Hop chart, sold 800,000 copies and was nominated for four Grammys in 2006. Common’s 2007 album ‘Finding Forever’ again topped a Billboard chart in the Pop category. As an actor, Common has landed significant roles in movies like Suicide Squad, John Wick Chapter 2, Hell on Wheels, Selma, among others. Common is also an author and has authored books like- ‘I like you, but I love me’, a 2006 children’s book and ‘One day, It’ll all make sense’, a memoir.
Political / Business Affiliations
Having worked to reduce gun violence in Chicago, Common has never been hesitant in expressing himself politically through the means of his rhymes and raps. He was inspired by John Legend’s words and went on to work for mending racial injustice in America. His widely admired song, ‘Letter to the Free’ appears in the Netflix series ‘13th’, which explores modern slavery. Common expressed his regards quite openly for Hillary Clinton in 2016 presidential elections.
About his Business affiliation, before launching his own label ‘Think Common Entertainment’, he worked for labels like MCA Records, GOOD Music, Relativity and Geffen Records, among others.
Over the years, Common has not just established himself as a promising hip-hop artist, but also as an institutional social activist. Despite being critically acclaimed and awarded in the highest degree, Common’s efforts to make the society a better place is what earns him all the love and reverence he receives from his admirers. His pledge to make a difference at an administrative level to alleviate racial injustice against the black drives him and will continue to do so in the years to come.