BY LINDSEY SHAW
Somewhere between De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Kendrick and Chance sits Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr., more colloquially known as Common. From underground rap hero to hip hop icon, Common has become one of Chicago’s most influential fixtures in pop culture throughout the last two decades. A recipient of Grammys and Oscars alike for his musical prowess, the Chicago native and socially conscious luminary has metamorphosed between record label entrepreneur, actor, writer, model and back. Throughout every artistic revival, he’s been simultaneously grounded in humility and cultural awareness, which is always eloquently expressed in works such as his most recent album, Black America Again.