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One Day It'll All Make Sense by Common
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Nov 10, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: music, memoir-bio
Read in November, 2011

common (aka common sense) is a well-known hip hop mc and screen actor. born lonnie rashid lynn, jr., common first came into rap prominence in the early/mid 90s with his two earliest albums, "can i borrow a dollar?" and "resurrection." the chicago-bred rapper has garnered a loyal following, critical acclaim, and two grammy awards (his ninth studio album is due at the end of november).

one day it'll all make sense, also the name of common's third album, is his autobiography co-written with author adam bradley (book of rhymes: the poetics of hip hop). beginning in childhood, common traces his ascendancy from chicago to the heights of the rap game. uniquely formatted, each chapter begins with a letter to a prominent figure in his life or from the past (including both his parents, his daughter, his younger self, hip hop itself, emmett till, and late producer jay dee (j-dilla), amongst others). as well, within each chapter, common's mother, mahalia ann hines, offers her own perspectives on key moments of both rashid's childhood and his adult life.

most of the book focuses on common's ongoing quest to develop his art, his spiritual faith, and his commitment to affecting positive change both in his own life and in the lives of those around him. as a chronicle of his childhood and career, one day it'll all make sense is a candid glimpse into common's personal life. despite being a gifted lyricist, common's prose rarely demonstrates his dexterity with words. while there are some moments of real intrigue in the book, a thin, hollow quality seems to define the rest of it. common's message of continual growth and overcoming hardship is likely to resonate with young people seeking advice or direction, but for fans of his music, one day it'll all make sense may offer little more than a personal history refreshingly consistent with the conscious message offered in his music.
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