Common was born Lonnie Rashid Lynn in Chicago March 13, 1972. Best known as a star recording artist and actor, he has also independently published children's books. He has a daughter Omoye Assata Lynn, born in 1997. Adam Bradley is the author of "Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop" and the co-editor of Ralph Ellison's "Three Days Before the Shooting...", and "Yale Anthology of Rap". He lives in Boulder with his wife.