The rapper and actor enjoys a higher profile thanks to his Oscar-winning song "Glory"
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Common has been a hip-hop superstar since the ’90s and acted in dozens of films.

But this is truly the rapper’s year.

After his role in the film Selma and his emotional performance of its Oscar-winning original song "Glory" with John Legend at the awards show, he’s officially a household name.

“A lot more people know who I am,” Common, 42, told PEOPLE Monday at the New York premiere of his new film Run All Night.

“It’s rewarding because they come to me with love,” Common said of his fans. “They appreciate what I’ve done and the Oscar performance and the message I delivered with Selma, so I’m being known for the thing I want to be known for. That’s a great thing.”

And he sees even greater things ahead.

“Obviously I want to be known as a great actor and great artist,” he said. “Those are things I want to keep building on.”

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