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Common’s first rap name was Common Sense

Before Lonnie Corant Jaman Shuka Rashid Lynn Jr was known as Common, he went by his first moniker Common Sense.

Common released his debut studio album Can I Borrow a Dollar? on October 6, 1992 under Relativity Records. When he released his debut album, it was under his first moniker Common Sense. In 1994, Common released his second album Resurrection, which would be the last album under his Common Sense moniker. The success of Resurrection got him sued by an Orange County-based reggae band who was using the same name. Common later shortened his name by dropping the Sense part and just going by Common.

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