Rapper & Actor Common Is Uncommonly Blessed
Grammy Award-winning rapper and actor, Ronnie Rashid Lynn, better known as “Common,” has brought his unique style and perspective to hip hop and on screen for over two decades. From hits with Erykah Badu and Mary J. Blige to hit movies with Queen Latifah, Common often shares stories of triumph and portrays real life characters. He always pushes his talent and body to the limit, no matter his age.
“I believe I started my health quest somewhere around 25 or 26,” Common admits. “And it’s constant growing and learning more about diet and exercise and mental and emotional and spiritual health. I don’t think turning 40 really gave me a jolt or anything. I didn’t get more stiff or anything like that. In fact, I feel fresh and good! It’s a blessing to be here.”
“I heard rappers like KRS-One in ‘My Philosophy,’ say things about not eating meat, which was a real education, especially since it was coming from somebody cool. That stayed with me and made me want to learn more. As soon as I removed meat from my diet, I started to feel a clarity I didn’t have before. It sounds funny, but I feel like I was rapping better,” said Common.
Now, the Chicago-bred MC is a pescatarian eating fish and vegetables on a daily basis. In Common’s own words, health is all about making it work for you, as an individual.
“I just decided to be more aware of my health and well-being. I felt that beef and pork wasn’t good. I did my own tests and found what was and wasn’t really good for my system,” confirms Common. “You’ve got to eat the right things. It’s not just about not eating meat. You’ve got to find out what your body needs, what’s healthy for you. What’s good for life.”
The now forty-five year old continues to be in the best shape of his life. When asked of his drink of choice, the talented rapper isn’t shy about what helps him throughout his day, “Water. I always take water. I love water, I’m a water sign!”
In addition to his diet, he also keeps his body tight with exercise.
“I work out four days a week and if possible, five,” explains Common. “But I’ve been improving my workouts by doing…