Common (Sense) was born in Chicago in 1972. His debut album was 'can i borrow a dollar' which put Chicago on the map. It is however a very underrated album. His next album 'resurrection' (see my 'albums' board) released in 1994 put Common in touch with the mainstream audience. His album 'be' became a huge hit and everyone knew about common. He became a very popular hip-hop artist and lots of rappers still see it as an honour to work with Common.