The Miami Hurricane – Known as today’s Hip Hop Renaissance Man, Common has received several Grammy nominations and awards for his influential and socially conscious music. On February 9th, he returned to Miami to give a lecture at FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus. Although the topic of the lecture was â€œThe Effects of Hip-hop on Modern Societyâ€ Common focused on the theme of greatness. His overall message was for students to achieve greatness by â€œfinding their path, believing in their path, and living their path.â€ He spoke about his personal struggles and experiences that only led him to do bigger and greater things. During our interview Common said â€œI really want them to walk away feeling like they can achieve whatever they really want in life, find that voice within them and use that voice for their higher purpose.â€ After the event, students from the greater Miami area held signs, and shouted for autographs outside the conference room. â€œThat was by far the most inspirational speech I’ve ever heard,â€ said FIU student Lisette Cabrera.
Written by Lindsay Brown // Photo by Natalie Edgar
for The Miami Hurricane