Lonnie Lynn aka Common was born in 1972 in Chicago. His mom was a teacher while his dad used to play in ABA. The future rapper spent his childhood in one of the quiet Chicago neighborhoods. When he was six, Lynn’s parents divorced. His father moved to Denver but continued to visit his family. While in high school, Lonnie and two of his friends formed a trio CDR and played hip-hop. After graduation, the rapper enrolled in Florida University to study business but quit after two years to pursue a music career.
In September 1992, the musician recorded his first single “Take It EZ”. It was an immediate success, reaching the 5th spot on Hot Rap Singles Chart. The single became a part of the rapper’s debut album, Can I Borrow a Dollar. At that time, Lynn adopted a pseudonym, which initially sounded like Common Sense but was later shortened to simply Common due to ownership rights dispute.
In October 1994, Common presented his second LP, Resurrection. The new album earned a positive reaction from the critics, which noted the smooth sound and excellent lyrics. The album eventually sold about 230,000 copies in the USA and made into Billboard 200 on one of the last positions.