Common to Release New Book
His memoir 'One Day It'll All Make Sense' reveals road to success
Common has never been an ordinary entertainer and he let's us in on his superstar secrets in his new memoir "One Day It'll All Makes Sense." Detailing his journey through the hip hop world and eventually to roles in film and television, Common shares the secret to his success: his relationship with a remarkable woman, his mother, Mahalia Ann Hines.
In his memoir, Common reveals that he almost gave up rapping after his debut album, Can I Borrow a Dollar?, which sold only two thousand copies. Still, after pushing through it becoming a hip hop celebrity, Common reflects on many high and low points in his career, including his controversial invitation to perform at the White House.
"Common is a 360-degree human being, and I don't say that about many people," said music mogul Quincy Jones after reading the book. "He never needed to "pimp the hood" to achieve his deserved success. He is an eloquent and honorable role model and his memoir is a perfect example of his depth as a human being.”
Each chapter begins with a letter from Common addressed to an important person in his life, including his daughter, Kanye West, his former love Erykah Badu and even the reader. Common also shares never-before-told stories about his encounters with Tupac, Biggie, Ice Cube, Lauryn Hill, Barack Obama and even Nelson Mandela.