Common – Mixtape (feat. Mos Def, Edo G, Masta Ace, De La Soul, J Dilla, Marley Marl, Scarface)

1. De La Soul – Days of Our Lives (feat. Common) 0:00
2. Common – Tekzilla 3:49
3. Mos Def – Respiration (Dr. Luke Remix) (feat. Talib Kweli & Common) 6:43
4. Edo G, Masta Ace & Common – Claiming Respect 10:32
5. J Dilla – E=MC2 14:24
6. Marley Marl – Funk Shit (feat. Common) 17:35
7. Guru – State of Clarity (feat Common & Bob James) 20:39
8. Saukrates – Play Dis (No I.D. Remix) (feat. Common) 24:02
9. Common – The Corner 28:38
10. Pharoahe Monch – The Truth (feat Common & Talib Kweli) 32:34
11. DJ Honda – Out For The Cash (feat. Fat Joe & Common) 36:20
12. Scarface – The Corner (Remix) (feat. Common & Mos Def) 39:23
13. PRhyme – Wishin’ (feat. Common) 43:32
14. Kanye West, Common & Freeway – 2 Words / Slow Moves 47:51
15. Common – Resurrection (Extra-P Remix) 51:31
16. Common – The Remedy (feat. A Tribe Called Quest) 55:25
17. Guru – State Of Clarity (Solar Remix)(feat. Common) 58:44
18. KRS-One – A Freestyle Song (feat Common) 1:00:37
19. Common – Can-I-Bus (feat. Y-Not) 1:03:37
20. Common Sense – Resurrection ’95 1:08:14

Common was born on March 13, 1972, at the Chicago Osteopathic Hospital in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. He is the son of educator and former principal of John Hope College Preparatory High School, Mahalia Ann Hines, and former ABA basketball player turned youth counselor Lonnie Lynn. He was raised in the Calumet Heights neighborhood. Lynn’s parents divorced when he was six years old, resulting in his father moving to Denver, Colorado. This left Lynn to be raised by his mother; however, his father remained active in his life, and was able to get him a job with the Chicago Bulls as a teenager. Lynn attended Florida A&M University for two years under a scholarship and majored in business administration.

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Lynn began rapping in the late 1980s, while a student at Luther High School South in Chicago, when he, along with two of his friends, formed C.D.R., a rap trio that opened for acts such as N.W.A and Big Daddy Kane.[18] When C.D.R dissolved by 1991, Lynn began a solo career under the stage name of Common Sense. After being featured in the Unsigned Hype column of The Source magazine, he debuted as a solo artist in 1992 with the single “Take It EZ”, followed by the album Can I Borrow a Dollar?.

With the 1994 release of Resurrection, Common Sense achieved a much larger degree of critical acclaim which extended beyond the Chicago music scene. The album sold relatively well and received a strong positive reaction among alternative and underground hip hop fans at the time. Resurrection was Common Sense’s last album produced almost entirely by his long-time production partner, No I.D., who would later become a mentor to a young Kanye West.

In 1996, Common Sense appeared on the Red Hot Organization’s compilation CD, America Is Dying Slowly (A.I.D.S.), alongside Biz Markie, Wu-Tang Clan, and Fat Joe, among many other prominent hip hop artists. The CD, meant to raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic among African American men, was heralded as “a masterpiece” by The Source magazine. He would later also contribute to the Red Hot Organization’s Fela Kuti tribute album, Red Hot and Riot in 2002. He collaborated with Djelimady Tounkara on a remake of Kuti’s track, “Years of Tears and Sorrow”.

The song “I Used to Love H.E.R.” from Resurrection ignited a feud with West Coast rap group Westside Connection. The lyrics of the song criticized the path hip hop music was taking, utilizing a metaphor of a woman to convey hip hop and were interpreted by some as directing blame towards the popularity of West Coast gangsta rap. Westside Connection first responded with the 1995 song “Westside Slaughterhouse,” with the lyrics “Used to love H.E.R., mad cause I f*cked her”. “Westside Slaughterhouse” also mentioned Common Sense by name, prompting the rapper to respond with the scathing Pete Rock-produced attack song “The Bitch in Yoo”. Common Sense and Westside Connection continued to insult each other back and forth before finally meeting with Louis Farrakhan and setting aside their dispute. Following the popularity of Resurrection, Common Sense was sued by an Orange County-based reggae band with the same name, and was forced to shorten his moniker to simply Common.

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