When Emo Rappers Collide

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I love that Drake and Common are going at it so hard and pretending their beef is about rap lyrics and not the fact that Drake is tapping Common’s ex-girl, Serena Williams.

The drama unfolded when Common released the song “Sweet” from his new album “The Dreamer/The Believer,” which has a line to the tune of:

“Singing all around me man, la la la / You ain’t m—–f—in’ Frank Sinatra / Uh, lil’ b—h.”

Immediately people assumed the song was a diss track aimed at Drake who’s been known to sing on a song or 200. Although Common claims that wasn’t his original point, now he says if the shoe fits…wear it.

“He opened his mouth and said some things, so if that’s what he want — all that subliminal [talk]… you could do that too, but say it now.

“The verse is about me, but when you hear some of the stuff on the chorus it’s like you can’t help but think about dude and I guess that’s what he felt. So, at the end of day, he fits in that category, he already embraced it, so wear it.”

Drake may have felt the diss, but he’s definitely not embracing it. At a recent show, he lightweight went off while he was thanking the crowd for their support, letting them know he’s no punk.

“I might sing, but I ain’t no b—h. If you got something to say, say it to my face.”

So what, or should I say who, is this really about boys?

Common would have no real reason to come at Drake if he’s a self-proclaimed “sweet” rapper himself, so tell us why you really mad son? Could it be that he’s still not over Serena? He can’t seem to get through an interview without singing her praises, and while some of that is obviously pushed by the interviewer, Common could say “no comment” if he really wanted to. As a matter of fact, he’s still gushing over Erykah too, and it’s been several years since they were together. Seems like he wants to put a little noise in both women’s ears that he’s open to the possibility of round two.

But it doesn’t look like Chi-town is going to get any play. Drake and Serena have been seen vacationing and hanging out together a lot, and when Complex magazine asked him about his relationship with the tennis pro, he said “I really, really love and care for Serena Williams. She’s incredible. That’s someone I’m proud to say I know. She’s definitely in my life and I’m in her life.”

The only plus for Common is that Drake has basically said that same thing in reference to Rihanna and Nicki Minaj too, and who knows what he told the video vixens he was messing with. There’s a slight chance their relationship is all in his mind (like it was with Ri Ri) because the thing about emo rappers is they get attached quickly, so Serena might tell him he needs to back up and slow it down. As far as Erykah goes, Jay Electronica’s not letting that happen.

What’s most amusing is that Common recently talked about how men love in JET magazine. He said, “Men go crazy over women. They go to prison, start wars, and lose hair over them. Don’t act like you can’t acknowledge it. It may be that you haven’t been through it, so I’m not afraid to say it.”

Well then it’s time for you to go ahead and say it now, Common. No one believes this lyrical cover up he’s got going on. We know he misses Serena, and it’s OK–almost cute even. We just need him to stop embarrassing himself out in the open and give the girl a call.

Do you think Drake and Common’s beef is really over Serena? Which rapper do you like with her best?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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