The beef between Common and Drake has been a big topic over the past week, ever since the Chicago rap star unleashed a diss to the YMCMB rapper .
Baffled by its release, many people believed the beef originated from Drake hanging out with Common’s ex-girlfriend Serena Williams. But, he says that’s not the case.
In an interview on Sirius/XM’s Hip-Hop Nation on Thursday night, Common explained that the battle took off … only after Drizzy threw a shot at him on the original version of “Stay Schemin,” which Com says came because he took offense to the generalized shots he popped off on his single “Sweet”.
“Well, the song ‘Sweet,’ for me, was a song where I was really talking about hip-hop. A lot of the softer side of hip-hop is just being the example of what people think hip-hop is,” said Common. “To me, you can express yourself in many different ways, but I was just missing that hardcore hip-hop, that raw hip-hop sound, and I was just talking about it.
“I was saying, ‘Man, the song ‘Sweet’ was cats out there doing sweet music.’ Dude must have took offense to it, so he came out and said some things, and once he said something on record, I said something on record,” he continued.
According to Common, he never intended for the track to be aimed at Drake, but once he responded to it in concert, it was on…
“That was the first thing — he responded and said something. I was like, ‘Well, I wasn’t trying to address you specifically, but if you feel like you are that person and if you’re addressing this to me, then I have to address you back,’ ” explained Common. “But my whole mentality was that I’m doing this for hip-hop music. I’m not trying to bring somebody down. At the end of the day, I just expressed what I felt about hip-hop. And, I’ma keep it on that level, just as an emcee. That’s how I battle. I don’t try to battle any other way than emceeing.”
Prior to Common’s explanation, many believed the battle started over Com’s ex-girlfriend Serena Williams. Though Drake was spotted with her following their breakup, Common maintains that it’s all because the Young Money rapper fired back.
“We know that things can get like that, but that’s not what we want for the culture, for ourselves as men. I think we learned enough from those days to be like, ‘OK, if you’re going to challenge me as an artist, an emcee, I’ma let you know who I am,’ ” he said.
“You just gotta know what you in it for. I got in this because it’s hip-hop. I was speaking up on the song ‘Sweet’ about, over and over we’re hearing a lot of singing. I listen to R&B, I listen to good R&B and soul music, so I’m not opposed to singing. I’ma be frank about that. But, I just spoke up for the art of hip-hop and what I feel about it, and I want everybody to know that hip-hop is a diverse culture and it does have that boom bap to it too. Once he said something back, that’s when I said, ‘Aight, I guess you want to get in a battle with me. And if that’s what you want, then I’ll battle.’ ”
Drake has not publicly commented about the beef directly.