Label: Think Common/Warner Bros.
From: Chicago, IL
Active Since: 1991
After a slight misstep with Universal Mind Control, Common re-established himself at the forefront of hip-hop with last December's The Dreamer/The Believer, aided by the soulful melodies of No I.D. Whether it was trading lyrical barbs with Nas on "Ghetto Dreams" or talking reckless and taking some not-so-veiled shots at Drake on "Sweet," Com reminded us that he still knows a thing or two about rapping.
Add in a stellar appearance on "In The Morning" off Ye's Cruel Summer compilation as well as a 10th studio album slated for a January release, and including Lonnie Lynn on any list of relevant rappers in their 40s is common sense.