Common broke into national focus with his album Resurrection, released in 1994. This brought Common much critical acclaim in the alternative and underground Hip Hop world, creating opportunities for him to collaborate with acts such as Wu-Tang Clan, Lauryn Hill, De La Soul, The Roots, Kanye West and more. He has released eight albums in total, earning two Grammy awards along the way. His ninth, The Dreamer The Believer, was released in 2011.
Although Common has become one of the most recognizable faces of the conscious Hip Hop movement, his actions speak even more loudly than his words. He is a vocal proponent for the humane and ethical treatment of animals, is part of the “Knowing Is Beautiful” movement in support of HIV/AIDS awareness, and has set an important example by making a pledge to not use anti-gay language in his music. Perhaps his greatest accomplishment is his Common Ground Foundation, an organization that strives to empower and create opportunities for youth in underserved, urban communities.