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Grammy Award-Winning Rapper And Actor Common To Partner With Atlanta Symphony Orchestra This Weekend

Common performs on stage at the Jazz Foundation of America's 17th annual "A Great Night In Harlem" gala concert at The Apollo Theater on Thursday, April 4, 2019, in New York.
Common performs on stage at the Jazz Foundation of America's 17th annual "A Great Night In Harlem" gala concert at The Apollo Theater on Thursday, April 4, 2019, in New York.
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Three-time Grammy award winning hip-hop artist and actor, Common, will appear with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra this weekend.

He’ll perform selections from his latest book “Let Love Have the Last Word” as well as some of his most memorable songs. His new single “Her Love” was released earlier this month.

The song is a 25th anniversary update to his 1994 hit “I Used to Love H.E.R.” The lyrics of the 1994 song criticized the path hip-hop music was taking at that time, and he used the metaphor of woman to represent hip-hop. His new song is about his appreciate for music and the role hip-hop played in his life. Common has spent most of the last decade concentrating on his acting career.

He has appeared in movies like “Date Night,” “Suicide Squad,” “Selma,” “The Hate U Give,” among many others.

“It was really revitalizing and spiritual because I really love creating music. In this album, I really focused on making music and not working on any films because it was a deep dive into creativity and who I am,” Common said about getting back into the studio for his upcoming album.

Common will be performing with the ASO at 8 p.m. on Saturday evening at Chastain Park.