Cutting out meat isn't always the easiest decision, but for Common, the choice to stop eating the protein had its perks.
"As soon as I removed meat from my diet, I started to feel a clarity I didn’t have before," he told Food & Wine, "It sounds funny, but I
feel like I was rapping better."
The rapper dabbled in veganism before returning to fish and seafood, but his journey to a meat-free life was actually inspired by KRS-One, he told the publicaiton.
"I grew up in Chicago eating everything: barbecue, hamburgers, bacon. 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 staye with me and made me want to learn more," he revealed.
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The rapper and actor has made other adjustments to his diet as well, looking for ways to cook his favorite dishes in a healthier way. With the holidays right around the corner, people usually indulge, but Common has found a way to balance it all:
"Food is a big part of celebrating Christmas. Eggnog is one tradition I really enjoy. I’ve found some nondairy versions that are pretty good, especially spiked with a little liquor. My mother has learned to cook healthy food for me, but she also makes me her fried catfish. I know it’s not the best for me, but I love it."