Inside the sleek and stylish Vanquish Lounge on Peachtree Road in Atlanta, Georgia, the crowd sat transfixed as hip-hop artist, actor, and author, Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. better known as Common, discussed his latest publication, One Day it’ll all Make Sense. The rapper spoke candidly with V-103 radio personality, Frank Ski, about his inspiration for the book and why it was so important that he tell his story.
One Day it’ll all Make Sense is a poignant narrative that chronicles Common’s life as a child with big dreams, trying to avoid falling into the dismal lifestyle that surrounded him while growing up on the South Side of Chicago. In the memoir, he describes how he almost quit rapping after his debut record sold only a few thousand copies, his infamous invitation to perform for President Barack Obama at the White House, and how he manages to balance love, fame, and being a parent to his teenage daughter, Omoye.
What makes Common’s story so unique, is the perfectly intertwined accounts of his life from his perspective and that of his mother, Dr. Mahalia Ann Hines. Dr. Hines’ contribution reinforces that Common is much more than what is seen in the media, creating an interesting and humanistic dimension for the reader. Dr. Hines gives emphasis to this dimension in the foreword of the memoir when she says, “I know he’s an entertainer and some say he’s a star, but in my mind those [comments from his fans] only describe what he does, not who he is.”
This publication isn’t Common’s first journey into the world of literature. He has a series of young adult books that focus on inspiring young people to read, think, write, and own the power of their own voice. In addition to writing, he spends his time devoted to his youth empowerment institute, the Common Ground Foundation where he and other members of the organization, strive to encourage the young people that reside in underserved communities to pursue their dreams.
Common can be seen in the upcoming independent film, Luv, a Sundance Film Festival selection directed by Sheldon Candis. His most recent album, The Dreamer, The Believer, is the ninth in his catalog and is available in stores nationwide.