Common Admits His “Sweet” Track Might Be Directed At Drake

Don’t let the pretty boy looks fool you. Common is ready for battle and the particular gladiator he has his eye on is Drake.

Com has been publicly talking about his record “Sweet” and how he calls out rappers who are singing on the track. Well,  to no one’s surprise, one of the people that crossed his mind when he was in the booth devising the song is the man who has taken the rapping/singing hybrid to its greatest heights: Drake.

This morning in New York, Common told radio hosts Sway and Devi Dev he’s felt that Drake has targeted him in the past and that now the Young Money Top Gun should be prepared for a face off.

“He opened his mouth and said some things,” Common told Sway when asked about his beef with Drake.  “If that’s what he want. All that subliminal, we can do that too. But you might as well say that now.”

“The verse is about me, but when you hear the chorus, you can’t help but think about [Drake],” he added. “So he felt he fit in that category. He already embraced it so wear it.”

Common did admit that he thought Drake was talented, but said when any MC brags on the mic about how great they are, they should be prepared for anyone to test them. “Any artist can be a target especially when you get in and say you dope,” he explained.

Later on in the day, Common appeared on BET’s 106 & Park music video countdown show and touched on the “Sweet” again.

“I’ll say this, I look at a lot of artists, there’s a lot of artist out there who sing,” he said. “I don’t feel there’s anything wrong with singing, but I wanted to stand up for hip-hop to a certain extent. Cats rhyming and some hip-hop elements… If certain people are offended by it, then they fit in that category. I always want them to know that this is hip-hop.  In hip-hop, you challenge people. You get in the ring and say, ‘that’s weak right there. That’s soft, I’m dope.’ That’s just what hip-hop is about.  I let people know I’m on a hip–hop level.

“I look at it as hip-hop,” he continued. “What I said in ‘Sweet’, obviously he felt like he was one of the people being addressed so he said what he had to say. I said we can keep it on a hip-hop level because I feel he’s a good artist, he’s a talented guy.”

On Friday (December 16) night at the Universal Amphitheatre in California during the Power 106 Cali Christmas Concert, while not mentioning Common’s name directly, Drake warned that anybody who has anything to say to him should address him directly. “If you got something to say to me, say it to my face, nigga,” Drake said on stage. “Just cause I sing, I’m not no muthafuckin’ bitch. I’m right here.”

Common’s The Dreamer/ The Believer hit stores today. Check back with XXLMag.com for staff projections. —Shaheem Reid

  • JEALOUSY’S A DISEASE

    Common is (just a common rapper) and (Drake is a movie) so he’s hating on a winner. Drake can sing, rap, and act so he’s a tripple threat to the commoner. ayo commoner why you hatin? you want some attention cus you feel left out? stop sniffin Drakes dick wit yo big ass nostrals and just do you whatever that is. OLD ASS HATER!!!

    • Mr. Wylie

      you sir need to check your head and check out common’s legacy because even drake can sing and rap common is one of the greats who has been dropping consistent heartfelt music since 92 the fuck u talkin bout quit being ignorant man and common still respects drake he just tired of the whole singing thing cuz he misses the old school hip hop

    • JugularKill

      “JEALOUSY’S A DISEASE” – Common showed no hate towards Drake or anyone. The bitch in you probably came out and typed that comment before you watched the entire video. The song “Sweet” is about people like you.

      (For the record Common is worth more than Drake)

      “jealosy’s a disease is a dumbass muthafucka” – I agree it’s a masculine part of hip hop to beef, part of being a man is about being competitive. Unfortunately not everyone in our species understands that.

      Some people new to hip hop don’t understand who Common is.Common slayed Ice Cube in a beef. He was just intelligent enough to grab a market as the “ladies man” before hip hop got too materialized. After he adjusted and he’s became a rebel.

      Look at Drakes body structure it’s like a middle age woman, he is low on testosterone and soft as tissue. I just can’t imagine Drake transforming into a MAN.

      I’m not a hater, I would love to see Drake become a man rather than a cushion. When he does I’ll buy his album.

      • RIGHTDAMNNA

        All this hate on Drake is not needed and pointless. If you think Drake is not talented u r a fool. They both are talented and both are soft rappers to me (if that’s suppose to be a bad thing) and who decides who is a real MC or not? Just because he can sing and talk about how he really feels does not make him any less of a rapper than anyone else. If I remember Common was crying and dying over Erykah Badu and wearing plaid pants and knot hats plus those ugly ass sweaters reciting poetry for the longest. Let’s be real and tell what this beef is really about. Serena!

    • aaron

      IF DRAKE IS A MOVIE THEN HE IS A ROMANTIC COMEDY…HE IS A FUCKING SINGER NOT A MC……..COMMON IS A MC….A GOOD ONE THAT IS WHY HE HAS LASTED THIS LONG…ASK ICE CUBE ABOUT HIM!……FUCK OUTTA HERE WITH THE SINGING…SPIT SOME LYRICS!

    • Merce Maddux

      Thats not hating. He gave Drake his props as an artist, but he felt tht emcing is missing out of being an emcee. Common was staking his claim, its what battle rappers do. When LL challenge Kool Moe Dee, it wasn’t a beef, it was competition between two of the best. They was cool during and after. And honestly, Common track record for music and acting is way longer than Drakes’. Just a fact no hate. Im feeling Drake too.

  • jealosy’s a disease is a dumbass muthafucka

    if you saw common’s interview on 106 you would know he has no personal problem with drake it’s just for hip hop. that’s what hip hop culture is. It’s very masculine and revolves around braggadacio, swag, and who’s dope and who’s not. common is not dead he’s a livin legend so jealousy your a dumbass and his album was classic, and drake is gettin in his emo-ass feelings for no reason because like any sport it’s just competition nothing personal. Rappers say rapping is the game and Drake expecially said music and sports is synonomous so why are you getting mad? Kobe doesn’t mad at kobe for dunking it in his face so why are you throwing a hissy fit at common other than just subtley dissin the nigga. I like Drake but he’s talking like he’s gonna do something if common says it to him personally but we all know Drake’s not street and dont want ANY physical altercation

  • jealousy’s a disease is a dumbass muthafucka

    pardon my quick typing i meant kobe doesn’t get mad at lebron for dunkin in his face and i meant especially

  • ff1one@yahoo.com

    sometimes i wish keyboards shocked idiots who comment on blogs.

    Dude, Common did his thing in the rap game and is doing his thing movie wise. He’s a poet and writer too. Guess he is a triple threat.

    Common ain’t hating. Keep in mind Drake is reportedly messing with Serena Williams and Common reportedly was messing with Serna Williams.

    Add in the fact that Common is a MC. Common stated that he respect Drake but he a MC and as a MC its about competion. Competition. This generation knows nothing about competition.

  • Kush Daeli

    First off drakes talented, and common is a very proggressive rapper. Some argue not as much as drake though. The difference is common proggressed into what he thought hiphop and rap should become, an expression of pain love happiness and ultimately the soul. Drake on the other hand came up with a new style of flowin and did the hook on his own track which is pretty dope in my books. The only difference is nas would shoot him self, before he got on some drake shit, while he and common are good friends.

    Drake is the most materialistic shallow fake rapper out there, but he’s got talent and he makes catchy songs so people don’t complain they just listen to what ever bangs in the club. Common is experimental and to most people that listen to him they wouldn’t like 90% of his shit but thats just a matter of preference.

    Drake goes for popularity, and Common decided to just spit what he knows. I respect them both for taking what they wanted to achieve to its fullest potential but in my opinion its rappers like drake that are killing hip hop and society as a whole. They teach people to treat women like the rubbers they F*** them with and endorse selling ones soul to earn material possesions. Drake needs to calm his shit cuz he’ll get merc’d by common in a battle unless drake wants to have someone who can actually rap about something other than pussy money and weed, ghost write for him.

  • Kush Daeli

    Oh btw they only wouldn’t like commons shit because they don’t understand it or don’t take the time to apprciate it, ressurection redefined hiphop for me, i’ve even heard one verse from drake that could touch i used to love H.E.R. All that being said the only song i have heard of drakes that i would actually listen too is succesful, the (little wayne release). That being said that was drake a long time a go his mixtape days are dead, theres nothing left for him to rap about cux he is succesful… that was his only challenge to over come, he had the money, he had a family, he had friends, he wasn’t a druggie, he passed school. oh well unless you count the time he had to spend in a wheel chair on degrassi.

  • $yk

    smh @ these clowns…

    all they can do is bring up ageism and say “hater”…the curriculum done made y’all soft & ignant…all y’all can do is spam and joke around on the web…no knowledge…no facts…

    and YOU wonder why you’re not taken seriously in real life…Common BEEN talking about wack and soft rappers since ‘Take It Easy’…YOU don’t know ’cause you ain’t been LISTENING…just FOLLOWING…

  • $yk

    “That being said that was drake a long time a go his mixtape days are dead, theres nothing left for him to rap about cux he is succesful… that was his only challenge to over come, he had the money, he had a family, he had friends, he wasn’t a druggie, he passed school. oh well unless you count the time he had to spend in a wheel chair on degrassi.”

    ^ alla dat

    and I know alotta y’all live that same life…I’m out the hood too, but I ain’t SOFT…letting people call me n^gg^r and doing what EVERYBODY else is doing…FOHWTBS

    reminds me of that Family Guy ‘opal ring’ episode…”if you have sex, you’re down with Al-Qaida”…and you RAN WITH IT…fuking each other in the EAR…music is a VERY, POWERFUL tool to sway the masses…

  • Terrence

    If Common and Drake were to battle for hip-hop supremecy I would definitely would want to hear it.I’m not a Drake fan,but he would gain my respect if he and Common went at it on the level.Hell make it a pay per view event.

  • Enorawks

    Hip-Hop is dead. Long live the beef.

  • aaron

    I AM GLAD COMMON IS DOING THIS BECAUSE HIP HOP IS WACK WITH DUDES SINGING AND SHIT LIKE THEY MAXWELL!..IT IS NOT HATING TO GET AT SOMEONE…HIP HOP WAS BUILT OFF THIS…IT IS IN THE RULE BOOK….IF YOU THINK YOU DOPE THEN JUST PROVE IT!..DRAKE IS SOFT ASS LYRICIST!….HE SPITS SHIT LIKE A FEMALE MC!..YUCK!

  • REALLY?

    I HAVE TO AGREE WITH COMMON. I AM FROM THE SOUTH AND RIGHT NOW EVERYBODY IS REALLY SINGING THE SAME SONG RIGHT NOW. I HAVEN’T HEARD NO REAL HIP HOP UNTIL I JUST HEARD TI ‘S NEW TRACK WITH SK8BRD AND THE NEW JEZZY SHIT. AS FAR AS THE FOR REAL FIGHTING BETWEEN THEM BOTH OF THEM KNOW THAT WILL NOT HAPPEN BECAUSE THEY ARE BOTH ESTABLISHED ARTIST WITH ALOT TO LOSE SO CHILL ON THAT YOU 2 BECAUSE MOST OF THE RAP CATS ARE WEAK IN THAT REGARD.

  • SOCK

    got no big issue with Drake (he’s talented), but he can’t touch Common lyrically! to all you young cats………listen to Common’s Ice Cube diss song “Da ***** N U,” and you will figure it out! CHI TOWN STAND UP!

  • the1987kid

    I feel like these people who listen to hip-hop now dont know what the hell they talking about, hip-hop has always be competitive. Their is no hate going on by Common he is just being truthful & honest, he is a classic mc on all levels who loves the culture, Drake is a mainstream corperate rapper who is about sells which is nothing wrong with that but in the long run skills outlast sells. This is a clear indication of substance or style!

  • Maine T

    I Understand What Common Is Talkin About Drakes Album Should be in The R&B Section Not The Rap. Dont Let Ya Dick Ridin Cloud Ya Common Sense Aint nuthin On That Take Care Album Really Rap. It Sound Like Some Wierdo Pop Music. Im Sorry But the only Ppl Checkin For this Is The Indo Pop Weirdos. To Me It Was Total Trash. Thank God For Bootleggers Cause If I Wouldve Spent 15 Dollars On Some Garbage like that I Wouldve Been Heated. Sorry Drake You Soft.

  • Sha

    Damn! I had love for Common’s music before this beef ish… But now???? COMMON’S THE MAN!!!!!

    I’ve been saying all along how Drake was soft. Yeah, he has flow. But to call yourself the GREATEST?????

    This is a battle that I personally think Drake will get stomped on. I mean, Ice Cube was my n*gga. But what Common did to Cube in “The B*tch in You” was incredible. Study your history Drake. This is definitely not an emcee you want to take lightly.

    • ff1one@yahoo.com

      cosigin.

      People assume common is conscious and only conscious but dude has a history of battling peoople. Dude said first hand that he didn’t make the song directed towards anybody and the fool drake took the bait. common then said he down for a battle. U don’t get in the ring with a boxer who ask if you wanna fight…cause that lets u know he prepared and rhet to go.

  • justin

    anybody on here who talks bad about common an sticks up for depressing ass drake who is the most overrated dude ever should kill themselves

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  • rata

    uhm common market