Rapper-turned-actor Common is expanding his talents into the literature world with the release of his upcoming autobiography slated to drop next month, titled One Day It’ll All Make Sense.
The book delves into the Chicago artist’s life and how he nearly hung up the microphone for good.
In One Day It’ll All Make Sense, Common holds nothing back. He tells what it was like for a boy with big dreams growing up on the South Side of Chicago. He reveals how he almost quit rapping after his first album, Can I Borrow a Dollar?, sold only two thousand copies. He recounts his rise to stardom, giving a behind-the-scenes look into the recording studios, concerts, movie sets, and after-parties of a hip-hop celebrity and movie star. He reflects on his controversial invitation to perform at the White House, a story that grabbed international headlines. And he talks about the challenges of balancing fame, love, and fatherhood. (Amazon)
Common also touches on topics involving high profile artists like Kanye West, Erykah Badu and the late Tupac and Notorious B.I.G.
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)
Over the weekend, Common confirmed the book’s title via Twitter.
“One Day Itll All Make Sense” RT @Shante_Love: @common @mah0402 what’s the book called? Definitely want to check it out,” he tweeted August 14th.
“Next month (september) RT @indiamiller1: @common when is the book tour??????” (Common’s Twitter)
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)
One Day It’ll All Make Sense is slated to drop Tuesday, September 13th.
Check out some past Common footage down below: