As documented by hip hop journalist Raquel Cepeda, in the liner notes for the album, this event had a profound spiritual and mental effect on Common and enabled him to grow musically while becoming more responsible as an artist.
She writes: Rashid found out that he was going to become a daddy in about 8 months.
While a student at Luther High School South in Chicago, Lynn, along with two of his friends formed C. D., who would later become a mentor to a young Kanye West. S.), alongside Biz Markie, Wu-Tang Clan, and Fat Joe, among many other prominent hip hop artists.
and maintained a significant underground following into the late 1990s, after which he gained notable mainstream success through his work with the Soulquarians.
In 2011, Common launched Think Common Entertainment, his own record label imprint, and, in the past, has released music under various other labels such as Relativity, Geffen and GOOD Music, among others.
The album, which made a point of eschewing any gangsterism (in response to questions about his musical integrity), was critically acclaimed and led to a major label contract with MCA Records.
In addition to releasing One Day, Common's first child, daughter Omoye Assata Lynn, was born shortly after the release of the album.
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.