The year has its first full-fledged, lyrical rap beef in the form of Common Vs. Drake. Although it became official this morning (January 9), with Com unabashedly calling out Drizzy on the unofficial remix to the Young Money star's Rick Ross collabo, "Stay Schemin," XXL believes the roots of this rift extend back to the summer of 2011 when Heartbreak Drake was first spotted out with the Chi-town vet's ex, Serena Williams. The two have been volleying jabs back and forth ever since. Here's a look back at the game highlights. Thank XXLMag.com later. —XXL Staff
Plenty of gossip hit the Interwebs throughout the month of August along with photos that pointed at a possible relationship between Drake and Com's former flame, Ms. Serena Williams. Sites claimed that the two went on vacation together and there was even a tweet from Drizzy to Serena that said "‘I Can’t Wait To Put It On You And Make You Sweat… during our match this weekend.” Oooh la la.
At the end of the track Com spits these questionable lines, which many believed to be aimed at Drake: "Yeah, man, Y’all niggas man, you soft muthafuckas/Yeah my man, muthafucka/Then come around my crib/You know where I’m from/ Some hoe ass niggas/Singing all around me man, la la la/You ain't muthafucking Frank Sinatra/Uh, lil' bitch/Yeah, this the raw right here/This the raw right here nigga/Sweet muthafucka/ Sweet ass bitch muthafucka"
After getting wind of "Sweet," Drake makes his first public statements about Common: "I'd like to thank all of you who purchased my album it's Take Care, thank you. I'd like to thank L.A. and the whole west coast for showing me love. I will never stop doing this for y'all. I don't give a fuck! If you got something to say to me say it to my motherfucking face nigga. Just 'cause I sing, I'm not no bitch. If you got something to say, I'm right here."
In an interview with Sway, Com says "Sweet" is indeed about Drake and responds to the Young Money star's onstage jabs just days earlier. "Hey, he opened his mouth and said some things. So if he wants it, that’s what he wants, all that subliminal, you can do that too. But you might want to say that now," he said. "I mean, the verse is about me, but when you hear some stuff on the chorus, it’s like you can’t help but think about dude, and that’s what he felt. So at the end of the day, he fit in that category. He already embraced it, so wear it."
40 takes to Twitter hours after the Common interview with Sway and chimes in on the feud.
Drake writes, "Platinum. Now THAT'S Sweet!"—an obvious play on Common's song title and the Warner Music rapper's lack of sales. Drizzy then quickly deletes comment. Lucky for fans, the tweets is watchin'.
On the track, Drizzy raps: “It bothers me when the Gods get to acting like the broads/Guess every team doesn’t come complete with n*ggas like ours,” Drake raps. “That’s why I see no need to compete with n*ggas like y’all/I just ask that when you see me you speak up n*ggas that’s all/Don’t be ducking like you never wanted nothing/It’s feeling like rap changed/There was a time it was rugged/Back when, if a nigga reached, it was for the weapon/Nowadays niggas reach, just to sell they record.” Ouch!
Common fans only had to wait two-and-a-half days for the Chicago lyricst to respond to Drizzy's diss. “Don’t do it ’cause every song you make is really hoe music/I heard you say you wasn’t a bitch cause you sing, you a bitch cause you clean like a bitch that’s 18/ Can’t say my name but rap about a nigga’s wife/you so Black and White trying to live a nigga’s life/I’m taking too long with this amateur guy, you ain’t wettin’ nobody, nigga, you Canada Dry.”