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One Day It'll All Make Sense
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From the hip hop icon, Hollywood star, and "a true artist and writer of deep talent" (James McBride, author of The Color of Water)—a candid, New York Times bestselling memoir ranging from his childhood on Chicago's South side and his emergence as one of rap's biggest names.
Common has earned a reputation in the hip-hop world as a conscious artist by embracing themes of love and struggle in his songs. His journey toward understanding is rooted in his relationship with a remarkable woman, his mother.

Common holds nothing back in this gripping memoir, both provocative and funny. He tells what it was like for a boy with big dreams growing up on the South Side of Chicago. He reveals how he almost quit rapping after his first album sold only two thousand copies. He recounts his rise to stardom and talks about the challenges of balancing fame, love, and family. Through it all, Common emerges as a man in full. Rapper. Actor. Activist. But also father, son, and friend. His story offers a living example of how, no matter what you've gone through, one day it'll all make sense.
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Common. (2011). One Day It'll All Make Sense. Atria Books.

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Common has earned a reputation in the hip-hop world as a conscious artist by embracing themes of love and struggle in his songs. His journey toward understanding is rooted in his relationship with a remarkable woman, his mother.

Common holds nothing back in this gripping memoir, both provocative and funny. He tells what it was like for a boy with big dreams growing up on the South Side of Chicago. He reveals how he almost quit rapping after his first album sold only two thousand copies. He recounts his rise to stardom and talks about the challenges of balancing fame, love, and family. Through it all, Common emerges as a man in full. Rapper. Actor. Activist. But also father, son, and friend. His story offers a living example of how, no matter what you've gone through, one day it'll all make sense.
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        July 25, 2011
        Rapper and actor Common, born Lonnie Rashid Lynn, shares his life story in this candid, no-nonsense autobiography. He offers not only a straightforward narration of his life, but also includes intimate, sometimes emotional letters to people important to him, such as his father, treasured childhood friends, fellow hip hop artist Kanye West, and even his younger self, to whom he muses, "Man, you a cool little dude, but you got a lot to learn." Vignettes written by his mother reflect and enhance his story by providing her unique perspective on her son's significant experiences. Common credits her with raising him to be "a gift-giver who can love life and love myself and be in love with others," who views his life's purpose as "us my fame to provide more exposure for my art so that I can influence people's lives for the better." Lyrics from songs that were inspired by formative incidents are interspersed throughout, revealing the highly personal nature of his work and giving fans background on what prompted the creation of the music they love. (Sept.)


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        August 15, 2011

        Beloved, controversial performer discusses fame and the deeper meanings of his life.

        Common, subject of Fox News' ire following his White House poetry recitation, has long been acclaimed as a thoughtful and deft hip-hop artist. In his memoir—co-authored by Bradley (Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop, 2009, etc.)—he suggests great consciousness of the cultural legacy he carries: "Chicago blackness gave me understanding, awareness, street sense, and a rhythm. I learned the way that soulful people move, act, and talk." He portrays himself as an openhearted, curious kid, trying to understand the tumult of Chicago's African-American South Side. Obsessed with girls from an early age, he would go to the city's museums to meet them. At the same time, he was rhyming in private, and he gave up basketball in high school to concentrate on rap, which he saw as similarly competitive. Common writes frankly about his youthful involvement with gang culture, portrayed as an inevitable rite of passage that became increasingly violent: "Crack hit the South Side of Chicago like a balled up fist." Varied influences—his mother, friends, artistic ambitions—steered him away from it and toward a more "conscious" existence. By 1989, his early demos as Common Sense were drawing industry attention, and he dropped out of college to pursue this calling, over his mother's objections. Much of what follows is a funny, honest showbiz narrative, moving from hip-hop to film acting. Interestingly, each chapter begins with a "letter" to someone significant in his life: e.g., his mother and father (early chapters discuss their tumultuous relationship), Emmett Till, former girlfriend Erykah Badu and collaborator Kanye West. Additionally, his mother offers occasional italicized counterpoint. As a memoir, the book succeeds based on Common's candor, intelligence and charm, despite occasional artificial passages and broad platitudes, and he writes powerfully about his connection with President Obama.

        An intriguing look at an iconoclast's cultural accomplishments.

        (COPYRIGHT (2011) KIRKUS REVIEWS/NIELSEN BUSINESS MEDIA, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.)

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Common has earned a reputation in the hip-hop world as a conscious artist by embracing themes of love and struggle in his songs. His journey toward understanding is rooted in his relationship with a remarkable woman, his mother.

Common holds nothing back in this gripping memoir, both provocative and funny. He tells what it was like for a boy with big dreams growing up on the South Side of Chicago. He reveals how he almost quit rapping after his first album sold only two thousand copies. He recounts his rise to stardom and talks about the challenges of balancing fame, love, and family. Through it all, Common emerges as a man in full. Rapper. Actor. Activist. But also...
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