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5 Mins. w/ Common

Updated: May 11, 2007, 7:45 PM ET
By Scott DeSimon | ESPN The Magazine

Sure, his Gap ad was on infinite repeat for Xmas 2006, but Common is a man for all media. Dude's got a movie (Smokin' Aces, with Jeremy Piven), a Grammy (2004's Be), and even a book (The Mirror and Me). And he still managed to rock Winter X with a stone cold (10-degree cold), soul-heavy show on January 27, present medals to the boys of snowboard slopestyle and incorporate Shaun and Andreas's names into his lyrics.

In 34 years, he's gone from Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. to Common Sense to plain ...

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