The deal means that for two years, HBO has exclusive first-look rights at whatever projects Common develops through his Freedom Road Productions. Deadline first reported the news, which a rep for Common later confirmed to Billboard.
Common made his hip-hop debut in 1992 with the mostly-unheard album Can I Borrow a Dollar? before going on to greater success with follow-ups LPs, including the No. 1-peaking album Finding Forever in 2007, executive produced by Kanye West.