Common Speaks at Arizona State University


Hip-Hop artist Common spoke to students at Arizona State University (ASU) yesterday (Feb. 26, 2013) in honor of Black History Month.

Over 500 students packed Tempe Campus’ Memorial Union (MU) to hear the veteran rapper speak.

The emcee began his lecture with a freestyle. Students cheered as Common mentioned popular hang out spots around Tempe in his freestyle such as the Memorial Union and Mill Ave.

The theme for Common’s lecture was “Greatness.” He explained to the students in order to achieve greatness you must do three things:

  1. Find your path.
  2. Believe in your path.
  3. Live it.

He he explained the meaning behind these three steps. Stating how God has a path for everyone and it is up to you to decide what his calling for you is. Once you know your calling you must believe you can accomplish your dreams, then others will start believing you can achieve your dreams too. Finally, do what ever it takes to accomplish your goals.

The rapper explained how everyone is destined for greatness but the path is not always easy.

Common used examples from his life to get the message across to students. He told the story of how “Be,” his sixth studio album, was nominated for four Grammy’s in 2006 but lost in every category.

“The losses were a huge upset for me,” said Common. “Losing only encouraged me to better myself as an artist.”

Two years later Common won a Grammy for the song “Southside,” off of his seventh album “Finding Forever.”

“Don’t to be discouraged from the obstacles you may face along your path,” said the Chicago native. “Persistence pays off.”

The lecture was followed by a Q&A from students. Students rushed to the microphone to speak to Common. There were many diverse question from the audience touching on personal and social issues.

Barnes & Noble was at the event to sell Common’s book “One Day It’ll All Make Sense.” Common stayed after the lecture to sign autographs and take pictures with students.


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