Common was born Lonnie Rashid Lynn in Chicago March 13,
1972. Best known as a star recording artist and actor, he has also
independently published children's books. He has a daughter Omoye
Assata Lynn, born in 1997.
Adam Bradley is the author of Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop and the co-editor of Ralph Ellison's Three Days Before the Shooting..., and Yale Anthology of Rap. He lives in Boulder with his wife.
"Common has written a magnificent memoir. It states that it is a book about his fascinating life. That is true. More importantly, his story is the story of all young people trying to grow up. His saga reminds the reader that love liberates and poverty cripples. Common writes beautifully, like the poet he is." -Maya Angelou