Entertainer and actor Common will be releasing a memoir entitled One Day It’ll All Makes Sense on September 13, 2011. Each chapter of his autobiography will start will a letter to an individual who plays an important part of his life including his daughter, friend Kanye West and former love Erykah Badu.
The Chicago native will also speak about the controversy which surrounded his invitation to the White House’s “An Evening of Poetry” and share his encounters with President Barack Obama and Hip Hop legends Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls.
Maya Angelou spoke highly of Common’s first literary offering, saying: “Common has written a magnificent memoir. It states that it is a book about his fascinating life. That is true. More importantly, his story is the story of all young people trying to grow up. His saga reminds the reader that love liberates and poverty cripples. Common writes beautifully, like the poet he is.”
In addition to the release of his novel, Common also has an album due in stores soon called The Dreamer, The Believer, as well as a role in an AMC original Western TV Series Hell on Wheels in which he’ll play a slave.
In honor of Common’s book debut, here are 5 literary offerings by rappers-turned-authors we love.
“The Rose That Grew from Concrete” by Tupac Shakur
One of rap’s most legendary artists, Tupac gave us the chills through poetry he had written during his youth about love, violence and black empowerment.
“Decoded” by Jay-Z
Jay-Z offered a rare peak into his life in “Decoded” which he penned in collaboration with Dream Hampton. One of the greatest rappers of all time, Jay-Z’s compelling and riveting narrative gave us one more reason to love him.
“The 50th Law” by 50Cent
50 cent offered incredible insight into what it takes to be a successful business exec when he collaborated with Robert Green ( “The 48 Laws of Power”) on “The 50th Law.” 50’s message of empowerment was quite clear: never settle for anything less than greatness.
“The Tao of Wu” by The RZA
This wisdom-filled novel by one of the Wu-Tang Clan’s most influential minds, RZA, took us on a philosophical journey into the rappers life. He discussed the spiritual influences and life-threatening experiences that shaped his upbringing.
“My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep’s Prodigy” by Albert “Prodigy” Johnson
Prodigy takes everyone down memory lane as he explores the power of money in the music industry and revisits some of his infamous hip hop beefs in his entertaining and deeply moving autobiography.
TV Trailer for Hell on Wheels