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Common doesn’t take lightly to gross generalizations about his art form. Ah, make that art forms. “Chris Rock said to me one day, ‘As soon as rappers start acting, their raps aren't good anymore.’ I never ascribed to that,” the two-time Grammy winner, who also starred in the 2012 flick LUV, tells Keepin’ It Reel host Tim Gordon. “I’m an actor. I don’t look at myself as an actor-turned-rapper. I’m also a hip-hop artist. But because I do both, it’s like, you don’t stop working at it, training at it, trying to get better. You go out and seek and you put passion into what you do. I have a passion for rapping. I have a passion for acting. And because that love is there, I can wake up every day and work.”
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