US musician and actor Common gives love the last word


Saluted as the voice of a more conscious school of hip-hop, Common has been stacking up the hits since the early days of gangsta rap, with a positive message that pushes a compassionate approach. His latest album reflects upon landmark events in his personal life and blends his trademark beats with a soul-jazz sound. He tells us about putting aside his first love, music, to pursue acting projects, about the philanthropic work he does in the criminal justice system and how a fellow Chicagoan got him invited to the White House.