See larger In this Oct. 31, 2010 file photo, hip-hop artist Common warms up the crowd for President Barack Obama during a rally at Cleveland State University in Cleveland. Michelle Obama's 'evening of poetry' at the White House set off Republican critics before the artists had uttered a word. But it was the inclusion of Common that set off Republicans. Common, who is considered fairly tame as rappers go, is known for rhymes that tend to be socially and politically conscious.

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In this Oct. 31, 2010 file photo, hip-hop artist Common warms up the crowd for President Barack Obama during a rally at Cleveland State University in Cleveland. Michelle Obama's "evening of poetry" at the White House set off Republican critics before the artists had uttered a word. But it was the inclusion of Common that set off Republicans. Common, who is considered fairly tame as rappers go, is known for rhymes that tend to be socially and politically conscious.

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