Common Founds Charity To Help Kids

The Chicago rapper pledges to help underprivileged children in his hometown.

Following the success of Common’s latest album, Like Water for Chocolate, which debuted on the Billboard 200 albums chart at #16 last week, the rapper announced he is starting a charity organization, called the Common Ground Foundation.

Similar to hip-hop artist Lauryn Hill’s charity, Refugee Project, which helps kids at risk through mentoring programs, Common’s aim is to help raise funds for education. According to Common and a spokesperson at MCA Records, CGF is proposed to help underprivileged urban children in the rapper’s hometown of Chicago.

The long-term goal is to raise enough money to put computers in

classrooms, bring music instruction and instruments into schools,

provide financial assistance for college students, allow kids the

chance to travel internationally and set up a Common Ground Camp.

Common’s altruistic feat is beginning its funding efforts through spot

tour dates in support of Like Water for Chocolate, which

features the single "The 6th Sense" (RealAudio excerpt), produced by DJ Premier, and "The Questions" (RealAudio excerpt), an MC-to-MC joint with Mos Def. The first benefit show kicked off Monday in Philadelphia.

Common will head to Europe in May and begin a U.S. summer tour this June.