Rapper/actor Common recently talked about his new One Day It’ll All Make Sense tell-all book and how he would love to see fellow Chi-town hip-hop star Kanye West pen his own memoirs.
Prior to going forward with the project, Common felt a book release may have been a premature career move.
“I was opposed to it even when the idea was mentioned to me. I didn’t think I was at a place in my life or career where I could write a book and have something to say. But I thought about it when my manager talked to me about what the perspective of the book could be. It’s about the relationship with my mother and the type of human being I’m growing to be and how I want to pass that on to other people, including the people I love.” (In Reads)
Glad Nas recently announced plans to release his own autobiography, Common said he hoped to one day see Yeezy drop a book.
“Nas is writing one with the same book company that I’ve worked with, so I’m glad about that. It would be great to hear his story. I think Kanye’s would be interesting. He’s a person who would tell his truth.” (In Reads)
Common’s new literary offering reportedly touches on topics including personal encounters and his relationship with ex-lover/singer Erykah Badu.
One Day It’ll All Make Sense is a gripping memoir, both provocative and funny. Common shares never-before-told stories about his encounters with everyone from Tupac to Biggie, Ice Cube to Lauryn Hill, Barack Obama to Nelson Mandela. Drawing upon his own lyrics for inspiration, he invites the reader to go behind the spotlight to see him as he really is–not just as Common but as Lonnie Rashid Lynn. Each chapter begins with a letter from Common addressed to an important person in his life–from his daughter to his close friend and collaborator Kanye West, from his former love Erykah Badu to you, the reader. Through it all, Common emerges as a man in full. Rapper. Actor. Activist. But also father, son, and friend. Common’s story offers a living example of how, no matter what you’ve gone through, one day it’ll all make sense. (Amazon)
Recently, Cash Money Content author Ashley Coleman talked to SOHH about rappers like Jay-Z and Prodigy penning their own books.
“I think that they’re just trying to leave a stamp,” Ashley added, referring to rappers venturing into the publishing realm. “Everybody wants to leave a legacy behind and when you’re doing great things, you deserve to be known for that, after you’re gone. I think it’s a beautiful thing. It’s putting more people back into literature, back into reading and actually cracking open a book. There’s so many other forms of entertainment and you have rappers and other hip-hop artists actually penning their own novels is really giving people, the new generation, a love for reading. I think that it’s beautiful. I commend them for that.” (SOHH)
Check out some past Common footage down below: