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He would later also contribute to the Red Hot Organization's Fela Kuti tribute album, Red Hot and Riot in 2002. R." from Resurrection ignited a feud with West Coast rap group Westside Connection.He collaborated with Djelimady Tounkara on a remake of Kuti's track, "Years of Tears and Sorrow". The lyrics of the song criticized the path hip hop music was taking, utilizing a metaphor of a woman to convey hip hop and were interpreted by some as directing blame towards the popularity of West Coast gangsta rap. "Westside Slaughterhouse" also mentioned Common Sense by name, prompting the rapper to respond with the scathing Pete Rock-produced attack song "The Bitch in Yoo".Initially scheduled for an October 1996 release, Common finally released his third album, One Day It'll All Make Sense, in September 1997.The album took a total of two years to complete and included collaborations with artists such as Lauryn Hill, De La Soul, Q-Tip, Canibus, Black Thought, Chantay Savage, and Questlove – a future fellow member of the Soulquarians outfit.Rashid listens to "Retrospect for Life" today at the mastering session geeked as if it were for the first time.
The situation led to the composition of his favorite cut on One Day... "Retrospect for Life", produced by James Poyser and No I. featuring Lauryn Hill (who was due on the same day as Rashid's girlfriend), is the song that is the driving force behind the project.
Common won the 2015 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and the Academy Award for Best Original Song, for his song "Glory" from the 2014 film Selma, in which he co-starred as Civil Rights Movement leader James Bevel.
Common's acting career also includes roles in the films Smokin' Aces, Street Kings, American Gangster, Wanted, Terminator Salvation, Date Night, Just Wright, Happy Feet Two, New Year's Eve, Run All Night, Being Charlie, Rex, John Wick: Chapter 2 and Smallfoot.
In 2011, Common launched Think Common Entertainment, his own record label imprint.
He had previously released music under various other labels including Relativity, Geffen, and GOOD Music.Williams’ agent, Jill Smoller, confirmed the engagement in an email to The Associated Press.