Drake Says He Won’t Engage in Beef With Common Anymore

To hear Drake say it, the beef between him and Common is over.

During an interview with Nahright.com, the Toronto rapper said he doesn’t plan on responding to Common via his music anymore. The two rappers have been taking lyrical jabs at each other starting with Common’s release of his single “Sweet” and then with Drake’s retaliation on Rick Ross’ “Stay Schemin’” off his Rich Forever mixtape. Com went at Drizzy again on an unofficial remix of “Stay Schemin,’” as well. Rumors have it the disagreement is because of Common’s ex-girlfriend and Drake’s rumored fling, Serena Williams, although Common has denied the allegations.

But Drake says, as far as he’s concerned, the back-and-forth is done with. And when asked why, he responded, “Because despite how it’s been worded by him that situation is not a ‘hip-hop moment’ or a ‘battle for the sake of musical integrity’… it’s a ploy for attention around the release of an album. More than anything, it was just disappointing cause what kid isn’t a fan of what Common has done for our genre. A guy who made such an incredible career for himself based off expressing genuine feelings about life and love is now targeting me for sharing my story.”

Drake also addressed another of his lines on “Stay Schemin’” on which he targets NBA player Kobe Bryant’s soon-to-be ex-wife, Vanessa Bryant. ““Kobe bout to lose 150 M’s / Kobe my n*gga, I hate it had to be him / B*tch, you wasn’t wit me shootin in the gym,” he spits on the track.

“That line came from a conversation about being this young and making this much money and the fear of losing it all,” he explained. “I just used his potential situation to address my own life. I never intended to offend Vanessa or anyone else. That line had everything to do with me and what goes on in my head as a 25-year-old man with this much income flowing in. Kobe is and always will be a friend and an icon to me.”

Drizzy cleared up rumors about his team disbanding, saying the “team is stronger than ever and ready for 2012.” He also added that he’s begun working on music for his next project already and plans on continuing to hit the booth during his college tour, which kicks off in March. —Gina Montana

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  • jonny


    • JugularKill

      Look at his Canada Dry bitch ass crying about “he’s picking on me I’m just telling my story”.

      It’s not about old school and new school it’s bout shit music,

      Kendrick Lamar & J.Cole sings a little but their music is meaningful art it’s not built for teenage hoes.

      Can T-Pain do a song without autotune?

      Can Drake make a meaningful song without singing like a bitch in that whiny pathetic voice?

      Jay-Z ignores beef because he’s like the godfather now, everyone wants a digg at him because they think it will get them noticed.

      Common is worth more than Drake, all common has to do is 1 or 2 movies every year and he is financially earning about double of drake.

      It’s not about record sales it’s about the integrity of hiphop.

      I hate this sweet shit…makes me cringe..where is 2pac when you need him.

    • CaponeMOB

      i think this wack nigga drake is goin to make a THE GAME move,he says he dont want beef BUT then turns around and will drop subliminals.and all you niggaz saying common did it for the sales are stupid ass niggaz. may be for promo but not for the sales. its like wayne,he waited to the carter 4 droped for him to respond to jay-z. its just a smart move,you want to promote your music as much as possible EVEN if people download your product,you dumb niggaz dont see that. plus common has a long history of not moving alotta records and yall think all of a sudden he’s goin to go platinum based on a dis record in this fucked up economy,and fucked up record industry were the sales of records is in all time LOW? yall stupid as fuck. if you had a record coming out in like a couple of months,wouldnt yall respond to a well known artist around the same time your record came out? even if it wasnt for sales,just for publicity to put yo name out there? like i said lil wayne played his cards smart,he waited till his album came out to respond to jigga. why not? its free promotion. waether for sales or just to put an artist on BLAST while your on your promo tour. and i think common was just puttin drake on blast.

  • http://xxlmag Biggdoggxl

    More like bitch!! Drake you soft fav fgf!

  • JAY


  • frankie

    im a fan of drake but please stop with the subliminal dissin and actin all g makin a fool of yourself ,your not built like that .Fall back for a while drizzy,must be sippin that syrup fellin all tough then wakin up and realising hes not.

  • Decatur ATL BOI

    SWEET! I know scared when I hear it…..

  • Cheezeballs

    What exactly is Drake responding at this point supposed to prove? The minute Common admitted he liked Drakes music and clearly respected him enough to admit he’s talented, this nonsense was over. The more he tries to perpetuate it, the more he’ll end up looking like a bully. He has to bow out and take the L because this never went anywhere for him. It didn’t make him a better lyricist or help his record sales.

    • zherow

      THANK YOU. Everyone just keeps trying to justify this b.s. because Common is a legend. If this was “Random Rapper A vs. Drake”, no one would discuss the “beef” this long. You start a beef by saying Drake’s music is bad for hip-hop, then you turn around and admit you like his music? The F*ck? This whole “beef” should be called Electric Circus 2

  • mutada mullah atari

    Half of the people on this website that defend common do it not because they are a fan of common but instead because they are haters of drake, any person not blinded by hatred for all things hound money can see that drakes verse was more clever and sounded better than both of commons verses and that common is clearly doing this to sell records. Common lost and this whole adventure was a fail. And I have not looked drake since the take care days.

  • alderman j

    Yall better stop talking bout DRAKE before he send his body guard after you!!

  • ff1one@yahoo.com

    I wish the mad rapper made a come back. Drake you sound real sweet punkerish right now.

    Drake you the one who used all the subliminal diss @ good music @ watch the throne. and you gon say this is a marketing scheme. STFU. I use to semi support you BUT as a fan….i lost mad respect. Dude.

    Just on a grown @ss man bais, u don’t let another man son you like that. As a MC, your cot d@m hip hop card should be revoked. You eating off HIP HOP. Pay your toll. Pay homage to the art.

    This punk sneak dissing. Him and His whole camp are frauds.

    • Debo

      Apparently, selling more records nowadays constitutes lyrical prowess… haha you stupid fucks – the only retort one can possibly use in order to defend the self-proclaimed Splenda representative. Hip-hop, and I mean fucking HIP-HOP, has battling ingrained into the culture – strip everything away from the artists and much like dudes in the hood dooking it out, the victor with the best presentation wins. Common did this for Hip-hop, and only a true hip-hop head can appreciate it.

      lol, I’ll never look at Canada dry the same ever again.

  • $yk

    k…ever since Drake’s promo was on a millie I said…even on this site…LET THAT YOUNG MAN EARN HIS STRIPES…they had “Rap’s new king”…”the future of Hip Hop”…before the man sold his FIRST record…now…

    if Common was so thirsty for sales like Y’ALL say…why not put out ‘Sweet’ when ‘Take Care’ was going to drop? Wasn’t ‘Ghetto Dreams’ with Nas out then? Common BEEN taking shots at mainstream rappers for YEARS…y’all think he had this plan devised NOW, that if he dissed Drake he would reach RIAA gold certification? C’mon.

    ever since ‘Take Care’ dropped, MANY people have been calling Drake SOFT…I’m thinking Drake read BIGGHOSTFASE’s blogs…reads the WEB COMMENTS…Drake ENTERTAINED this “battle” just like he entertained that tattoo artist…stop acting like Common did this all by himself…why didn’t Drake entertain LUDA or PUSHA T? Could it be he thought Common was an easier target?

    Drake isn’t a freshman getting picked on by a senior he’s a GROWN MAN…and he’s HUMAN…he’s not above ANYBODY to the point where you are not allowed to speak about him…Y’ALL TREATING HIM LIKE A DEITY…basketball players respect each other’s game and STILL compete against each other to the point of nearly fighting…

    Drake learned a valuable LESSON with this…and Common lost NOTHING with this…

    • Q461

      What it do Syk?

      A part of me wishes Drake responded, for the art of the hip-hop battle, and I also think he can rhyme, but this kind of confirms he wont ever reply to anyone. I think he kinda knows that alot of cats hate on him and every day theres more shit that comes out about dude that shows hes not really built for hip-hop. He’s also in a no-win situation by responding to Pusha, Luda, Common etc. If he talks hard and slays niggas , Cats will call him out for being an R and B cat upper middle class who’s just actin tough on record. If he got ethered by Common, he just becomes a further punchline for haters.

      I think Common is tight over the Serena thing to be honest. He wasn’t trying to sell records. I think also, a part of him wanted to challenge Drake to see f he would get in the ring and earn his stripes.Dissing cats llike Drake, Cudi etcwont work because they dont see the merit in battling. At least give BOB some credit for responding to Tyler.

      For what it’s worth, I like both Take Care and Common’s new record.

    • that nigga

      $yk, that could not have been said any better than that. You were dead on.

    • Sha

      Co-sign most of this. The only thing I would add is that Drake DEFINITELY LOST POINTS on this one. It was his moment to step up and show his battle skills. He failed. Drake’s argument makes no sense. Common is an emcee. I don’t see him doing this for record sells. Especially since he has more loot than Drake.

  • http://xxlmag.com Live1ne237

    I was just telling my folks how I was thinking Drake fucked up by even trying to be on some tough shit period and they all sided with Drake on the strength he has the machine behind him. Everybody’s entitled to their opinion but personally I thought Common won with that “Canada Dry” line. I think he hurt Drizzy’s feelings with that one.

  • cmon man

    common is wack 4 this and ima drake hater but seriously now yu respond 2 subliminals that drake made about good music over the summer and this is common we talking about i find it funny that his first war of words since west side connection which they didnt evn take serious is drake like really tho, drake wuld be retarded 2 respond, he shuldnt have bit with the little shots he did take, yea commons a legend but drake is way hotter than common is rite now and this is obviously a ploy 4 sales, this is what makes it wack he aint got no real issues wit drake he tryna settle on wax this the same as nicki and kim now common go make a mixtape and try 2 make sum $

  • asss

    im guessing he couldnt get wayne to get him a verse to fire back. or the machine wants their cash cow looking spotless. reminds of krs1 vs nelly……

  • Nuck

    last name dry, first name canada..haha but seriously, drake just proved further how big of a pussy he is..im glad ludacris and common put him in his place..he needed this because he was getting too cocky and he thought he could just say anything on a record or an interview and get away with it..and on the side note, i really hope the battle aspect of hip hop never goes away..its so much fun watching rappers expose fakes like ludacris and common just did to drizzy..long live real hip hop, not this fake ass ymcmb bs

  • blackricktheruler

    Serena has been dick hoppin’ for a minute now,so i doubt the whole thing was over her,although Drake has been known to be a ‘sucker for love” type of dude,it’s all in his music.

    Drake’s in a no win situation.Respond and Common will go in again,don’t respond and he’ll be viewed as a pussy.Either way,that Canada Dry line will stick with him for the rest of his career and how could he even dare to battle another rapper with a line like that lingering out there?I’d respond,but then again,it might be in his best interest not to.Just my opinion.

  • snick

    Y’all gonna make me catch a body. ohhhhhhhh LOLOLOLOLOL

  • B0grease

    I dont think Com did it for sales, but I do think Drake hit Serena.lol! Ultimately Com did b/c 1.Drake is one of the hottest out. 2.Com wants to see if he still got when it comes to battling. In my opinion he made himself look foolish b/c now the young’n aint responding, even after you said his name on wax. W0W* I commend Drake for publicly taking the high road, however I wont be surprised if there are more subliminal shots thrown @ Common..make sense dont it*

  • ff1one@yahoo.com

    Yo, lets be real. Serena. Have yall seen the notches in Common’s belt? Badu, p. Henson, mad models? Sales ploy? are you dumb?

    First, Sweet wasn’t about Drake. Lil wayne sings, 50 sings, Kayne sings. Did kayne get mad? Heck, Kayne did an all autotune ablum. Jayz said D.O.A. Did kayne get mad?

    Nah, Drake took offense cause he’s sweet.

    Now…all summer Drake sneaked dissed Good music, jayz kayne and dem. So, he tough enough to do that BUT not man enough to address this situation.

    Nah, Drake you sweet.

    Understand Ja, had that shuck and jive role, Nelly had it, 50 had it…u’ll soon be out the spot light too. when that light dims tho you gonna look in the mirror and see sweetness.

    In hip hop this is an * on your career. its worst than steriods in baseball. son, u done.