Common Vs. Drake

A late entry to our 10 Biggest Band Beefs Of 2011 list was the developing issue between Common and Drake, which may or may not have been based on general jealousy surrounding Serena Williams, of all people. Common started things out, huffing and puffing at Drake on his song “Sweet,” and each one had made pointed comments about the other in various public forums. That particular pro-wrestling storyline has continued into the new year. Drake, sounding more legitimately tough than he ever has before, served up some impressively regal disdain for Common on his verse from Rick Ross’s “Stay Schemin’.” Common, less impressively, recorded his own version of the same track, firing back at Drake. And now the rest of the music universe is getting in on it in one way or another.

As Exclaim! points out, Abel Tesfaye, the Weeknd singer and Drake buddy, came out on the pro-Drake side of things on Twitter: “that was the worst comeback ive ever heard. reminds me of someone’s drunk uncle…” Cash Money Records boss Birdman has also, unsurprisingly, voiced support of Drake. And Rick Ross has commented in a more indirect sort of way, retweeting the Houston rap elder Scarface: “There is a certain level of respect all men have to have for one another any form of disrespect means you are prepared to DIE #fuckarapbeef.” “Fuck a rap beef,” as Rick Ross well knows, is just the sort of thing a rapper says when he doesn’t care enough to pick a side.

I have yet to hear a single prominent rapper come out in support of Common on this one. Sorry, Lonnie!

Comments (13)
  1. Common vs. Drake. The Hip-hop beef equivalent of a pillow fight…

  2. There’s that Pusha T “Sweet” freestyle … GOOD music support?!

  3. there has always been a short of unspoken uneasiness between drake and ye, but the two have been too talented to need it in order to sell albums. it really isn’t surprising that common and pusha have both fired shots as both men are aging less than gracefully: universal mind control was absolute garbage and fear of god ii was jeezyesque boring as fuck raps with decent production. Both men need attention, but there is no doubt common needs this more than pusha and WAY more than drake – it’s given him his first mention on most non-hiphop oriented websites despite his recent releases.

    to sum, common is billy joelin’ it (i.e., glass houses).

    • also do you think serena williams could rip off a dick without hands?

      • Yeezy’s the better rapper because of his lines in “Gorgeous.” Common (in his prime) is also a better rapper than Drake, just listen to Ressurection, Like Water for Chocolate, hell, even Be.

        Plus, Common beat the shit out of Cullen Bohannon in Hell On Wheels, so that has to get you some brownie points, right?

        All I’m going to say is where will Drake be when the Soulquarians revival makes its way into the hip-hop mainstraim in like 6 years? These revivals seem to take 20 years, so we can count on that one.

    • I think we should send out Rick Ross to get a reconciliation for all this beef. with Jay and Weezy also sending out shots at each other, it looks like there’s some tension brewing between the G.O.O.D. music/Roc-A-Fella camp and YMCMB. perfect job for the rapper who is basically friends with everyone. except kreayshawn of course.

    • can someone show me how to paste images here?

      p.s. Common’s music may be tamer than Drake’s but I’d bet Jimmy Brooks’ wheelchair that he’d beat the shit out of Drake in a real fight. Sorry, Aubrey!

      • you have to get a direct link to the image, ie. a url that ends with “.jpeg” or “.gif”. with most browsers this can be done by right clicking an image and selecting something like “Copy Image Location.” Pasting that url into your comment should make the actual picture show up.

  4. Pretty sure Common would win if they actually raised fisticuffs. Yeah, fisticuffs!

  5. This doctored photo killed me. Too funny, Stereogum.

  6. So legendary rappers Birdman (Drake’s boss) and Abel Tesfaye support a cream puff in a manufactured rap beef….impressive. For the record though – go listen to “The Bitch in Yoo” if you question who would ultimately win this battle on wax. Hint: Not Drake

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