Common's unique brand of socially conscious and slightly alternative hip hop has made him one of the most widely acclaimed rappers of the past twenty years. While Common's trademark, politically and socially charged lyrics have sparked conflict with some, they have also brought him a huge fan base that shows up in droves to tour dates. These same fans are eagerly awaiting a set release date for Common's upcoming album, The Dreamer, The Believer, and if 2011 tour dates will follow the album's release.
Lonnie Corant Jaman Shuka Rashid Lynn, Jr., was born on the South Side of Chicago and formed his first rap trio, C.D.R., while in high school. While the group successfully opened tour dates for groups like N.W.A., he took a hiatus to attend college before releasing his debut album, Can I Borrow A Dollar?, in 1992 under the alias Common Sense. In 1999, the rapper began working with a musical collective known as the Soulquarians, which consisted of founder Questlove, Mos Def, Erykah Baduh, D'Angelo, and J Dilla, among others. Soulquarians helped Common hit his mainstream stride with production assistance on his fourth album, Like Water for Chocolate, which was released in 2000 to nearly universal acclaim, while also quickly going gold.
The Soulquarians also assisted Common on his next album, Electric Circus, which featured a more experimental sound; the style was praised by critics who saw an evolutionary sound but blasted by fans who wanted another Like Water for Chocolate. Shortly after tour dates in promotion of the album, Common began working more often with Kanye West, who he had known for years through their shared mentor, No I.D. West helped produce Common's second gold record, Be, in 2005, which also received nearly universally positive reviews and was nominated for four Grammys. Common received similar success with the West produced Finding Forever in 2007 and fans have been waiting for the release of The Dreamer, The Believer since 2008. The album and tour dates have been delayed by Common's popular and thriving acting career.
While fans won't have to wait long for The Dreamer, The Believer to be released, they might not experience any tour dates in 2011. No official release date has been given for the new album, but it is likely that Common will schedule a number of tour dates to promote the record once it does release. Be sure to check Eventful for all the latest on any Common tour dates in 2011.
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