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He also narrated the documentary Bouncing Cats, about one man's efforts to improve the lives of children in Uganda through hip-hop/b-boy culture. R dissolved by 1991, Lynn began a solo career under the stage name of Common Sense.Lonnie Lynn was born on March 13, 1972 at the Chicago Osteopathic Hospital in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood, the son of educator Mahalia Ann Hines and former ABA basketball player turned youth counselor Lonnie Lynn Jr. 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 Chicago natives.In 2000, his fourth album, Like Water for Chocolate, was released to mass critical acclaim.Executive produced by Questlove and featuring significant contributions by J Dilla, (who helmed many tracks except – "Cold Blooded", "Geto Heaven Part II", "A Song For Assata", "Pop's Rap Part 3...and maintained an underground following into the late 1990s, after which he gained mainstream success through his work with the Soulquarians.His 2005 album Be was also a commercial success and was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2006 Grammy Awards.Stunned and confused, Rashid had life-altering decisions to make with his girlfriend, Kim Jones.The situation led to the composition of his favorite cut on One Day... "Retrospect for Life", produced by James Poyser and No I. featuring Lauryn Hill (who was due on the same day as Rashid's girlfriend), is the song that is the driving force behind the project.
He began recording almost exclusively with a loose collective of musicians and artists (dubbed the "Soulquarians" by central figure Questlove) throughout 1999, and made a few sporadic guest appearances on The Roots' Things Fall Apart, and the Rawkus Records compilation, Soundbombing 2.
Rashid listens to "Retrospect for Life" today at the mastering session geeked as if it were for the first time.
He tells me as we listen to L-Boogie wail the chorus, "when I listen to the song now, I think about how precious her (Omoye's) life is".
Lynn's parents divorced when he was six years old, resulting in his father moving to Denver, Colorado. The album sold relatively well and received a strong positive reaction among alternative and underground hip hop fans at the time.
This left Lynn to be raised by his mother; however, his father remained active in his life, and was able to get Lynn a job with the Chicago Bulls as a teenager. Resurrection was Common Sense's last album produced almost entirely by his long-time production partner, No I.
Both became members of the Soulquarians collective, and collaborated on numerous projects together, even placing one song, "Thelonius", on both the Slum Village album Fantastic, Vol. As Dilla's health began to decline from the effects of Lupus Nephritis, he relocated to Los Angeles, and asked Common to make the move with him as a roommate (Dilla would later lose his battle with the rare disease).