The war of words between rap veteran Common and Young Money's Drake have ceased to end with the G.O.O.D. Music affiliate once again getting at him in a new freestyle.
Common keeps his lyrical tiff at bay in the most recent round of subliminal shots against Drake. Common and V-103 held a private playback and Q&A session last night in Atlanta with radio personality Ryan Cameron at Vanquish lounge. As part of the evening's revelry, Cameron held up cue cards with words he wanted Common--always the adept freestyler-- to rap about over "The Light." When a certain Canadian rapper's name was called out, a very dapper Common playfully rapped, "You can ask why, people wanting me to keep dissing Canada Dry/I can't do that," a nod to his Drake name-calling on the "Stay Schemin (Remix)" "I'm talking too long with this amateur guy/ You ain't wettin' nobody n---a, you Canada Dry", Common lashed out in his original diss. (RapFix)
Coincidentally, Common said he had no interest in continuing his battle against Drake a few days ago.
"I don't think I had anything to prove," Common says. "I just felt like somebody stepped and challenged me, so I had to step into the ring. He said some things that I thought were directed at me, so I had to address it back." Now that it's all out in the open, Common is ready to move on. "I feel like I said what I had to say, and I'm just going to let it be at that point," he says. "Now, if something else happens, then I'll just have to act accordingly. But right now, I feel like, man, I said what I needed to say about this situation on record." (Rolling Stone)
A few days ago, Brooklyn rapper Papoose said Drizzy had an obligation to respond next.
"It's interesting, man, because Common is a master lyricist," Pap explained in an interview with radio host Kevin Reese. "I think Drake is nice too. So it'll be interesting to see the outcome. I'm like everybody else, I'm just waiting to see what's going to happen. You know what I mean? So to me, it's just interesting to me because they both can rap, they're both nice. You know what I mean? So it ain't gonna be no walk in the park. [Younger emcees typically go after older emcees?] I think it's the other way around these days. I think the older cats are coming back for some of the new cats a little bit more. That's what it seems like to me. Drake responded though, on the joint with him, [Rick] Ross and [French Montana], and then Common came back the next day. So now we have to wait for Drake to answer his phone now and see what happens. It's interesting." (Hot 93.7)
Last week, Common defended his decision to keep entertaining the rap battle.
"At the end of the day, I just expressed what I felt about hip-hop," Common said in an interview referring to his initial reason for dropping the "Sweet" record. "I ain't trying to do no battles in any other way besides emceeing. We know that things can get [extreme] -- if you're gonna challenge me as an artist, as an emcee, I'm gonna let you know who I am. ... You just gotta know what you're in it for. I got into this because it's hip-hop. On the song 'Sweet' I'm [talking about] over and over, it's a lot of singing. ... I just spoke up for the art of hip-hop and what I feel about it." (Sirius Hip Hop Nation)
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