Common Tells All in Autobiography

The Root Recommends: Common discusses his childhood in the South Side of Chicago, challenges for him on and off the hip-hop court and how he became so successful.

Atria Books

Common's autobiography, One Day It'll All Make Sense, has garnered praise from a variety of prominent people, including Quincy Jones, Queen Latifah and black literature's own Maya Angelou. And it's not hard to realize why the compliments have poured in for the hip-hop artist's venture into writing.

From a kid with big dreams in South Side Chicago to a hip-hop phenom performing at the White House, Common puts his fame in perspective with anecdotes of a less-than-ideal past, stories of triumph and lessons for success.

One Day It'll All Make Sense is a fascinating memoir that goes beyond merely describing the life and musings of Common; it also tells a story to which almost anyone could relate. One Day It'll All Make Sense is available now.  

Previous recommendation: Def Jam Chronicles Its First 25 Years.

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