The hip-hop artist and actor, whose real name is Lonnie Rashid Lynn, talked to more than 1,000 students and guests at the L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center about the meaning of greatness and his definition of success, according to an NSU spokesperson.
“The keys to greatness are finding your path, believing in your path and then living it,” the Chicago-born artist told the group.
Common also talked to students about handling disappointment and adversity, and answered questions from attendees about music, racism and what inspires them.
The event was part of NSU’s Leadership, Educational and Development Speaker Series.
While on campus, Common also visited with several student leaders, was the featured guest at a reception, and met with a small group of selected students.
A university press release described the musician by the following: “Common is celebrated by music and pop culture critics for his brand of ‘conscious hip-hop’ that features thoughtful lyrics and wordplay. The rapper has also become popular in recent years for his acting roles in films such as ‘Just Wright’ and ‘American Gangster.’ He has also received recognition for his philanthropic work in his hometown of Chicago, Ill.”