Editorial Reviews. Review. Common distinguishes himself here as a true artist and a writer of deep talent. This book is the story of an artist in constant evolution, . loading animation Search. One Day It'll All Make Sense ePub (Adobe DRM) download ISBN: Digital Book format: ePub (Adobe DRM). Him mom, who appeared on the cover of the acclaimed One Day It'll All Make Sense album, appears in the book more extensively in the form of.
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One Day It'll All Make Sense by Common - From the hip hop icon, Hollywood star, and “a true artist and writer of deep talent” (James McBride, author of The. This books (One Day It ll All Make Sense [FREE]) Made by Common About Books Title: One Day It ll All Make Sense Binding: Paperback. "One Day It'll All Make Sense": Hip-Hop and Rap Resources for Music . book Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary.
Being an author and poet myself, I play with words and I know how to write tons of them to make someone think I'm saying something different, or in essence, give that appearance, only to be stating the same thing. An annual anal Through it all, Common emerges as a man in full. Our price:. I've definitely heard uplifting raps and some great hip-hop, but most of what I get exposed to in that genre is really negative, woman-hating, gay-bashing, etc.
Parts of the book were quite funny like the story about Common being an ugly baby , but the overriding message of what personal responsibility and a Mother's love can accomplish was extremely inspirational. Common is a man of strong faith, while being open to other religious paths.
He admits his mistakes and takes responsibility for them, while recognizing that we can all be better people and have more that should unite us than divide us. Hardcover Verified Purchase. Common is a great writer but what I enjoyed the most were the stories from his mother. One thing she said that stuck out in this book was "Your kids should fear you more than they fear their friends" or something to that affect.
I learned so much about this man and it made me want to listen to his music. I've never been a Common fan because honestly I never heard his music, but I love true stories and this one was great. I just finished this book and I guess I should start being honest in admitting that I am a big Common fan. This book was a fantastic read and I probably could have finished in a couple of days if I had the time to do so. I am most impressed with the honesty that Common exudes in telling his story.
I feel that it would be easy for an artist who is primarily known now for his social work to lose sight of who he was on yesterday.
Common never lost focus of who Rashid is and being anchored by Rashid, the good and bad and ups and downs, allows Common to not only be who he is today, but to be comfortable, pure and honest with who he is today. Reading this book made me go back and cop some previous Common albums that were not in my collection and boy am I glad I did so.
If you are a fan of Common or even if you have heard negative things about him and who he is, I strongly suggest that you read this book and then see if your stance was correct. I would dare to say that you would not even want to judge him or anyone else for that matter. You would be more inclined to treat others with respect and judge less books by their covers.
One person found this helpful. In this gripping introspective tale, Lonnie Rashid Lynn, better known to the world as Common, takes the reader on a journey that showcases every important event in his life that has transformed him into the man he's become today.
From his come up on Chicago's Southside, to his discovering of passion at FSU, hip-hop Common in breath-taking fashion takes us on a rollercoaster ride about his ascension in the rap game, his venture into acting and meeting President Obama which represented his marking upon arriving in the world. A great read! Readers will get to know the man behind the man.
This book was recommended to me by a good friend who always has a positive message to give. I am so glad that I finally read it. The book has so many positive messages through out, and plenty of smart advice from Common and his mother. As a single mom myself, it really helped me see alot of things differently then I have in the past. I think what I have learned from this book will definately help me in the future!! I recommend it to men, women, young and old.
Not only is it very informative on the life of Common, but it also helps you take a look at yourself and how you can improve in doing things for yourself. This is probably one of the best books I've read in a long time, and that's not an exaggeration. It's got some great life lessons that you can take home with you. It shows how Common has grown not only as an artist, but as a man too.
I honestly have to say I've taken so much away from this book. Once you start reading, you won't be able to put it down. The book has many emotions, just like Common's music. There were parts that made me cry, and parts that made me laugh.
Overall though, it's extremely inspirational. On the Kindle version, I must have highlighted about 40 quotes throughout the book. The letters that start out each chapter are a great way of leading into the stories that follow. His mother's perspectives take the book to an even higher level. Please do take the time to buy and read this book, you won't be sorry. Before I read this I was a huge Common fan. Now after I have read his memoir I feel like I know him lol.
I love to get insight on people who are in the public eye bc it makes you remember how human they are. He isn't just for himself. I think anybody who reads this book will have a new appreciation for this amazing man. This is a must have for Common fans and people who are curious about him.
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A huge turn off for me. Another painful factor was the fact the book was completely redundant and I was tired of Common writing the same thing, basically in each chapter, but switching the words around. I felt like I was listening to an attorney grill a witness on the stand, only to be told by a judge, to redirect or rephrase the same question, that will yield the same answer.
The book was boring. Common isn't one of those rappers who did a great deal of dirt to become the entertainer he is today, and that's a good thing.
But when he did start to speak on his personal love interests, it left the reader wanting more, or let's say it left me wanting more. There were chapters where Common really wasn't talking about anything. Just more of the same stuff, only worded differently. Being an author and poet myself, I play with words and I know how to write tons of them to make someone think I'm saying something different, or in essence, give that appearance, only to be stating the same thing.
That's called loading words, and there were tons of them throughout this disappointing memoir. He should never attempt this feat again because he has a great deal more to learn about how to make a story good, or at least to hold the reader's interest. There were times when the book was just downright preachy about the same things over and over, and it was giving me a headache.
I struggled to finish this book, and it pissed me off that my first purchase on my Kindle Fire was such a let down. Maybe other readers didn't feel like I do about it, but you have to realize I've read hundreds of memoirs and biographies, which were wonderfully written, and I have to say this was the first one that truly let me down, and that's sad because I do respect Common for the rapper he is and that won't change, but for God's sake, please do not ever attempt to write your life story again, unless you do some major editing and consider exactly what you want to say, and say it once and not force the same shit down the reader's throat.
If he mentioned once how he loved his mama or his love for his God, he mentioned it a hundred different ways, but it was the same result. We don't need to know that in each and every chapter. You stated your love, now move on to something else. Unfortunately, I don't think he had much to write about so he just wrote the same things over and over, but worded differently. View all 6 comments.
Jan 20, Libros Prohibidos rated it liked it. Sep 29, Micah Smurthwaite rated it really liked it Shelves: You don't have to like hip-hop, you just have to appreciate openness and honesty. That's what Common's story is about - a spirit of openness to the world. Open to learning from books, people, and experiences. That openness allows new ideas to take root in his soul, and through the lens of those new values he his open to reexamining his life and iterating a better version of himself.
Common is a great rapper Jay-Z raps a verse and says, "I wanna rhyme like Common" , but more importantly, he is a You don't have to like hip-hop, you just have to appreciate openness and honesty. Common is a great rapper Jay-Z raps a verse and says, "I wanna rhyme like Common" , but more importantly, he is a person in evolution and includes us in his journey. He confesses to hiding his talents under the guise of humility, being unbalanced and losing his identity in relationships, and articulates experiences that most of us go through and may not even have realized it.
I like his declaration of being a man. Feb 13, Stephanie rated it it was ok. I stuck this one through to the end on principle more than anything else.
I got the book from the library after seeing Common's appearance on The Daily Show, but now I think that appearance was a show of political support after the furor over Common's appearances at the White House and not a result of Jon Stewart thinking this was a particularly good book.
On the positive side, I learned a lot about rap and a little about Chicago's South Side. On the negative side, Common spends most of the bo I stuck this one through to the end on principle more than anything else.
On the negative side, Common spends most of the book telling us how thoughtful and "conscious" he is, and how much he has matured. All I can say is, it's not a good sign when you have to tell people about your fine qualities rather than letting them draw their own conclusions.
Jun 20, Bridget rated it really liked it. IF NOT I dont know what it is with some books.. I will get bored right in the middle of it Even if it's not really that boring This one had some spots that made me skip a paragraph or two but in general, it was really good. I dont remember if Ive watched any of his movies but him as a person, Ive always had some respect for..
And what I loved about this book is that he was honest about who he was and is He lets people know that just because he has positive music, doesnt mean he's perfect and that every aspect of his life was always positive.. But he does his best to walk a positive life as much as humanly possible Like so many of us do We fall, we mess up, but we get up, dust off and keep trying to do our best in the moment.
I liked how he started each chapter with a letter to someone That to me, was a nice idea But I think my favorite parts of the book were when his mother put in her side of some situations But it doesnt change my opinion of them.. Good bad or other Common has given me new respect for him and his growth over his life And usually, it just gives me a whole new look on that person!
View 1 comment. Jun 28, Paige rated it liked it. I saw this book on my library's "new" table and the cover is one of my favorite colors. So I was intrigued. I flipped to a random page and the author was talking about a personal experience with racism. Well I could always stand to learn more on that front, I thought to myself, and decided to check the book out.
I'd never heard of Common before--mostly I steer clear of rap. I've definitely heard uplifting raps and some great hip-hop, but most of what I get exposed to in that genre is really negat I saw this book on my library's "new" table and the cover is one of my favorite colors.
I've definitely heard uplifting raps and some great hip-hop, but most of what I get exposed to in that genre is really negative, woman-hating, gay-bashing, etc. This is the guy who told me, "Yeah, I'm not really into music So when he likes an artist I don't know, I listen up.
I listened to it and I was like, damn that's awesome!! As far as the book itself--it's not the greatest. Personally I liked the input from his mother and thought I probably would've liked to hear the story of her life a little more than his. She seems like a really awesome woman. In the later part of the book, it just seems like Common is name-dropping, or giving tons of shout outs or something. There was one part that kind of disturbed me--when he's a kid and coerced a little girl into kissing him and letting him grind on her, and then tried to get his cousin in on it too.
He admits he coerced her but doesn't say how wrong that is. I'm not sure if we're supposed to think it's cute or something but I thought it was creepy and sad and it rubbed me the wrong way.
Also he's talking about this sex he's having all the time but never once mentions protection. Maybe that's why you knocked three?
He's like "I just knew she was gonna be the mother of my child. I just think that a lot of young guys and girls who look up to him could use that extra push to use condoms. Nov 10, jeremy rated it it was ok Shelves: Aug 17, Toni rated it liked it Shelves: Even though he is not quite 40, Common has written a thoughtful account of his life so far.
He covers his growing up in Chicago, the decision to leave college to pursue his rap career, diversifying into acting, and his much publicized love life. What really makes this book shine is his mother's input she really should have been listed as co-author and the letters that Common writes to loved ones at the beginning of each chapter.
I loved that throughout the book as he shares his life journey an Even though he is not quite 40, Common has written a thoughtful account of his life so far. I loved that throughout the book as he shares his life journey and the decisions he made, his mother writes about her reaction to those different points in his life.
Also, the letters he writes frame the subject matter of each chapter to give you more insight into what is about to be told. The book begins and ends with letters to the reader and includes others to his mother, father, Kanye West, Erykah Badu, his deceased cousin Ajile and others. I thought that was a great choice. I would normally recommend a book like this to young men in high school and college because Common is really candid about his growth as a person, flaws and all. The only thing holding me back is that he is also quite open about his sexual history, so discretion must be used.
View all 9 comments. Oct 26, Ebony rated it liked it Shelves: A lot.
Their bond is for real, and I felt like I really received a degree perspective on Common by hearing from his mother. I too, fell into the trap of thinking of him as a conscious rapper and an actor but not a real person who did his dirt and loved and hurt.
It also gave me more insight into the Chicago born and raised men in my life. I felt like through Common, I also got to know them better.
Adam Bradley did a great job with Common and his life story. Feb 22, Laura Garcia rated it it was amazing. I was surprised at how raw Common was willing to be with his life and his feelings. There were a lot of things that struck me about this book. When he was talking about remembering where he was when O. Simpson has his famous car chase I was immediately taken back because I remeber exactly where I was when that happened. I was at Disneyland with my family and we were stuck in in LA because we couldn't get on the freeway to go back to San Diego.
It's one of those moments where you remember that I was surprised at how raw Common was willing to be with his life and his feelings. It's one of those moments where you remember that we really are all connected. The saddest part of the book for me was his letter to his unborn.
I thought it was incredably brave of him to put that out there. But I also felt so sad for what could have been. I think this books opens up a whole new side to the person I only knew as Common for so many years.
I think that he really opened up and shows the reader his truth. If you are a fan of Common the Rapper and Actor I would recomend this book for you. Nov 14, Chris rated it it was amazing. This book definitely made the list as one of my favorites. Captured my attention from beginning to end.
Loved the involvement his mother took part with this project. She'd give insight on her son's position as well as her personal feelings within various chapters. With each chapter, Common starts with a letter, delivering a journal-like touch. Such issues discussed were on Parenting as a son and father , relationships friends and love interests , spirituality connecting with the higher power, This book definitely made the list as one of my favorites. Such issues discussed were on Parenting as a son and father , relationships friends and love interests , spirituality connecting with the higher power, self and other humans along with talent sports, music, and acting.
Found the material to be relatable and inspirational. Something I can see myself reading multiple times. Oct 04, Maya Hollinshead rated it really liked it. Really enjoyed this book.
It showed that Common is a man who has issues, flaws and continues to work on being a better son, father and human being. He talks about growing up in the South Side of Chicago, being raised by a single mother until she married when he was 7 and his struggles finding his way in the music business.
I had a lot of respect for him before the book, but it has Really enjoyed this book. I had a lot of respect for him before the book, but it has grown.
View 2 comments. Sep 27, Dani rated it liked it. LOVE Commmon I had a hard time with his mother's perspective being injected into the book, as did a few other people.
It was an odd read. I got the impression that it would have made a better documentary than a book, because the themes became a bit repetitive. Oct 08, Graylin rated it did not like it. This book was a huge disappointment. I didn't expect it to be a juicy tell-all because Common does not present himself to be the kind of person who would write a book like that.
However, I did expect good writing, an in-depth look into the events that helped shape him and a purpose. I got none of those. The writing was stale, his mother's intrusion was weird and I finished feeling like Common should have held off on the memoir for at least 20 more years. Oct 05, Tishon rated it really liked it. This is up there with Miles by Miles Davis. The structure of this book is what keeps it going.
Common's passages are bookended by notes from his mother which add a fresh perspective to Common's already engaging narrative.
I knocked off one star because there are a few times where it gets repetitive but it's still a great book. It shows that even within hip-hop there are multiple paths, motivations, and modes of expression.
May 11, Kevin Eleven rated it really liked it. In Common's autobiography, we learn about the man behind the rapper, actor, poet and entertainment media personality. The book goes back and forth between the childhood of Rashid Lonnie Lynn and the superstar that we now know today as Common.
Through his raps, as well as his personal experiences, readers will get a great sense of what makes Common tick and how One Day It'll All Make Sense. Feb 21, Candace rated it really liked it. It really was an awesome read. Common has really come to light as a true star these past few years so getting to know his humble beginnings was a treat.
The last chapter and epilogue of the book will make you wish this was written in vs. Feb 09, Michael Jay rated it really liked it. Smooth, insightful -- unique format: Dec 27, Byron rated it liked it.
This seems like it was pieced together from about 45 minutes worth of interviews, as is often the case with these ghostwritten memoirs.
Counter intuitively, there's more interesting stuff from Common's childhood than there is from his rap career. I wonder if that's because his mother—who contributes her own well-written and yet often redundant commentary on each chapter—was more forthcoming than he was.