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13, 1972
South Side, IL
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13, 1972 (age 46)
South Side, IL


Born Lonnie Lynn, he is a popular hip-hop artist who first rose to prominence in the 1990s with the release of his debut album Can I Borrow A Dollar? He also became an actor with roles in the AMC western television series Hell on Wheels and in such movies as Smokin' AcesAmerican GangsterTerminator Salvation and Suicide Squad.

Before Fame

He was a business administration major at Florida A&M University, where he was on scholarship. 


He first took the stage name Common Sense when starting to perform in public. In 2003, he won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song for "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)." 

Family Life

In 2017, he began dating Angela Rye. He previously dated singer Erykah Badu, actress Taraji P. Henson, and tennis player Serena Williams. He has a daughter named Omoye.

Associated With

In 2015, he won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for his composition "Glory" with John Legend for the film Selma

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