After an amazing year with his Grammy-Award winning song, "Glory," Common will return to the ESSENCE Fest stage for the fourth time in 2015.

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For Common, cutting out meat gave him clarity he'd never had before. 

Sydney Scott
Nov, 16, 2016

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."

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