Hip Hop Culture for Grown-Ups
5. When Westside Connection took (what many consider) Common’s most popular song & turned it against him, Common responded & fought back. “The Bitch In Yoo” is still considered one of the best rap response records ever. Drake, however, hasn’t even (lyrically) responded to any of his many disses, yet.
4. Common (Sense) hit the rap scene wearing Timberlands, rocking Jansport’s, begging for beer money, & rapping like his
lightskinned reputation depended on it. That’s the rap struggle the new generation doesn’t know about. When rap was a sport, rather than a show, so to speak. Nonetheless, not only did Drake come out telling us to “thank” him later, but he didn’t seem to have the slightest bit of hunger. Arrogance loses to starvation almost 90% of the time, & I don’t think it’ll take much for Com to reopen that 90’s rapper pipeline.
3. Common’s from Chicago. Home of the Derrion Albert murder. That statement alone body’s anything that’s happened in Toronto over the last 10 years (but feel free to enlighten me).
2. Because I believe that Heavy D is rooting for Common, & he’s close enough to God to pull a few strings, should the need arise.
1. I’ve seen Common shoot at people in at least two movies, & one of them died as a result. Also, if I’m not mistaken, he even died in Street Kings. As far as Aubrey is concerned, not only has he not had any action roles (unless you count when he broke his leg on stage), but he got shot & crippled on “Degrassi,” without so much as returning fire. One’s street cred certainly loses a stripe after a nerd guns them down, but being the only Black kid on the basketball team AND getting shot in the hallway is a karmic road map to losing. Even if it’s at a rap battle.
In all seriousness, though, this is probably the battle that Hip Hop needs after such a violent, tumultuous year. Hopefully the next year will bring a renewal of insular respect in the Hip Hop community. (If such a thing still exists in the near future.)