Common Says Being Vegan Helped His Career

Common is giving credit to changes in his diet by that helped improve his rap skills. In a recent interview with Food & Wine, The Chicago Rapper spoke about healthy eating and how is working to help children make healthier food choices. 

“I believe that what you eat affects the way you feel, the way you think and how beautiful you can look, so I’m really passionate about introducing kids to a holistic, healthy, good life,” he said.

According to Common, he ate everything from barbecue to burgers, but when he started listened to how other rappers removed meat from their diets, he did the same.

“Then I heard rappers, like KRS-One in ‘My Philosophy,’ say things about not eating meat, which was a real education, especially since it was coming from somebody cool. That stayed with me and made me want to learn more,” Common said. “As soon as I removed meat from my diet, I started to feel a clarity I didn’t have before. It sounds funny, but I feel like I was rapping better.”

But as with anyone, he has his cravings. “I’m a cookie monster. I like the gluten-free, sugar-free ones from Erin McKenna’s in NYC,” he said. “I’ll come home after working hard, and they’re my treat—I’ve earned them.”

He’s still living a healthy lifestyle, and with his Common Ground Foundation, he’s also teaching children about healthy eating.