Chicago inspires an sold out audience of 1,300 students at Cornell University recently, “Find your path. Believe in your path. And live your path….”
According to the Cornell Chronicle, acclaimed rapper,actor, and activist Common shared his wisdom about the path to greatness.
The event took place just a week after Common and collaborator John Legend won Best Original Song at the 2015 Academy Awards for their song, “Glory,” from the civil rights movement movie “Selma.”
Common (born Lonnie Rashid Lynn) opened his speech with a two-minute freestyle rap, giving shout-outs to audience members and demonstrating his talent as a lyricist.
“How many of you want to achieve greatness?” Common asked the audience. “If you’re undecided, just put your hand up anyway,” he added, eliciting chuckles. “I’m here to tell you that something great is in you. You have something great to contribute to this world. I’m here to tell you that you’re greater than you act sometimes. I’m here to tell you that you must train and work hard to reach the greatness that you want to reach.”
Common urged Cornell students to look up from their textbooks and engage in the community. “Hip-hop still has a real powerful relevance. … The job of a hip-hop artist like myself … is to be able to use the platform to create change that’s beyond just making music. How can I go out and affect communities?”