Some stars have to get famous and then get bored before they get political. But Common has been a biting critical voice from the outside since the early 1990s, not only of his cultural peers but of the power structures that rattled and exploited his community and others like it. So it should come as no surprise that as we gear up for a new federal election cycle, Lonnie Lynn has something to say. The revered Resurrection MC recently paid a visit to The Huffington Post's HuffPost Live segment to discuss one of the frontrunners for the Republican nomination for president. "I feel like the integrity of the media is gone in many areas," Com said, "because when you choose to be like, 'We're going to show Donald Trump because we know it's about numbers,' it's like, where is the integrity of the journalists who know and will challenge these thoughts so that the American people can see truth and really have a good opportunity … to get behind someone who's going to matter, who's going to really be about affecting change and improving this country?"

Common is currently in Toronto for a screening (at the city's famed International Film Festival) of his new movie, the Rob Reiner-directed Being Charlie. He will also appear in next year's highly-anticipated superhero flick Suicide Squad and in this winter's NBC production of The Wiz Live!. His 10th solo album, Nobody's Smiling, dropped last summer to critical and popular acclaim.