Common Announces “AND THEN WE RISE” Book: What We Know


Common has formally announced the release of his latest book, titled And Then We Rise: A Guide to Loving and Taking Care of Self. A story of health and wellness, the rap legend’s latest written work will be released on January 23, 2024. “I felt that this was my way of giving back to people,” Common told People Magazine about his latest book, published by HarperOne. Inspired by “the tough times we all experienced together a few years ago,” the Chicago MC is sharing his wisdom with others. As we await the release of his upcoming book, here is what we know so far about Common’s And Then We Rise. 

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And Then We Rise Took Shape During the Pandemic

Per PEOPLE, And Then We Rise was “inspired by moments in recent years when health was the main focus across the globe.” The book reflects on what Common learned during the pandemic. “I was really focusing on just putting out good energy because the world was experiencing so much and health was in the forefront of people’s thoughts and in their hearts,” he recalls.

Throughout 2020, Common often posted on his Instagram account, sharing healthy meal recipes and workout routines. He has maintained both pescatarian and vegan diets for many years. As Common continued to share aspects of his healthy lifestyle, people reached out to him for advice, sparking the idea to document his self-care journey. “I decided to put it all in a book to spread some good energy and love, especially in my communities,” he writes in his announcement post. 

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Common’s Self-Care Journey

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – MAY 25: The musician Common performs at George Floyd Square on May 25, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. One year has passed since George Floyd was killed while in the custody of Minneapolis Police last May. His death led to worldwide protests and calls for police reform or abolition. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

Common’s latest book, And Then We Rise serves as a guide to “personal well-being, including physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.” The 51-year-old rapper chronicles his own health journey, including diet changes and workouts. He relies on his own nutritionist, chef, physical trainer, and therapist for wisdom. Common’s upcoming book is split into four different sections of life lessons: The Food, The Body, The Mind, and The Soul. Each section delves into specific aspects of self-care, ranging from nutrition and fitness to mental health and spiritual well-being.

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Common: A Bestselling Author

And Then We Rise is not Common’s first book. He published his first book in 2011, One Day It’ll All Make Sense, joining a long list of rappers with autobiographies. The memoir, which shares a title with his 1997 album of the same name, became a New York Times bestseller. That book explored topics including his early upbringing and his relationship with his mother.

In 2019, Common published Let Love Have The Last Word, reflecting on later parts of his life, especially his relationship with his daughter. He released his twelfth studio album, titled Let Love that same year. And Then We Rise is Common’s third book overall and first self-help offering, sharing his story in a unique way compared to his two memoirs and his albums. 

With a new book on the way, Common has been busy in many facets of media. He currently stars in Silo on Apple TV+ and is currently working on a collaborative album with Pete Rock. His latest full-length release was 2021’s A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 2. For now, that is all we know about Common’s upcoming book, And Then We Rise. Check back in with HotNewHipHop for the latest updates. 

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