A musician with ties to President Obama’s former controversial pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, will take center stage Wednesday night when Obama hosts a poetry ceremony at the White House featuring rapper and actor Common.

Common, a socially-conscious lyricist whose real name is Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., has defended the retired pastor, and also has unleashed lyrical attacks on former President George W. Bush that have been criticized by conservatives.

Common is not known as a gangsta rapper, but some of his songs and poems feature violent imagery. In one poem, he called for the metaphorical burning of President George W. Bush — a “burning Bush.”

The White House did not return calls seeking comment for this story.

Obama most likely met Common at Trinity United Church of Christ, a church that Obama attended for 20 years and Common grew up attending. Wright retired as pastor there in 2008, the same year that Obama ended his relationship with Wright after videos of his explosive sermons became a campaign issue.

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