Are Common’s Shots At Drake Good Competition or A Ploy For Attention?


If you were expecting this beef to escalate any further, it looks like you’re going to be disappointed. While Common seemed to attribute this whole rivalry to the competitive spirit of hip-hop, Drake has a different take on it.

When Nah Right asked, “Will You respond to Common?”:

No. 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.

What do you think? Is Drake right and was this all a “scheme” to get Common in the spotlight around the release of The Dreamer, The Believer, or is Drake just backing down from a competition that has been a part of hip-hop for decades?

  • Bob Saget Jr.

    Com was gonna move units either way. Who wasn’t excited for him linking up with No ID again? He had to have known that, why would he pick THIS album to try to go after someone for attention? I think this is just Aubrey’s narcissism reaching catastrophic heights – and just him trying to save face.

  • Antoine

    Common is a bitch honestly. I used to rate him but now he’s just irrelevant. He is probably the second softest rapper behind Drake. I just thought it would be a easy target.

    He is the biggest loser in the beef tbh.


    “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.”

    ^ this.

  • cutthroat

    its not an attention scheme/// common targeted him because drake creates sub-par content and gets glorified for it. it was bound to happen and will happen again, trust me. this isnt common first time speakin his mind on what part of hip hop sucks///

  • Jonathan A

    ^^ agree. drake’s point is def. valid.

    i hope down the line they can squash this and let bygones be bygones.

  • Machiaswelly

    Well, isn’t Drake “in love” with Serena Williams now? I think that’s it more than anything else. Common was going to sell albums regardless.
    But seriously though, this is all over Serena Williams.

  • byahbyah

    This is simply Drakes way of brushing it off so that he doesn’t start a GOOD Music vs Young Money feud and get murdered.

    It wasn’t a ploy for attention. I really doubt that Common could give a fuck about that. Hes at a point in his career where its about making good music, not sales.

    Common sees Drake making music for women (which is fine) and at the same time cornering the market by acting like hes hood (“your gone make me catch a body like that”). The fact of the matter is Drake grew up in a wealthy suburb in toronto and was on a teen soap opera. Hes not hood at all. Mac Miller is more hood than this guy. Hes in a position though to make people THINK hes hood because of his mass amounts of fans that don’t look at deeper into music than what they hear on top 40 radio stations. So thats what I mean by cornering the market and I think Common, Pusha T and a few other artists are pretty irritated by this type of shit from him.

  • C

    i think it probably was about serena williams. common obviously couldn’t say that he was annoyed by drake saying he “loved” her, because he’s already accusing drake of being soft. but i think the fact drake was in his territory as far as women, and general annoyance over the attention drake gets added up and he decided to jump in. any publicity from the “beef” isnt bad either

  • comehomenow

    My 2 cents. Let me first say that I’m a big fan of Drake and Common. But lately, Common’s output hasn’t been as exciting as it once was (both commercially and musically). And i think he sees a young rapper that’s 10 times more popular than he is at the moment, and might let his jealousy get the best of him.

    In response to byahbyah, how someone’s music is less credible because they weren’t poor growing up is unclear to me. This goes back to Pitchfork’s 1.6 for Childish Gambino. Dude still made a good album. I don’t think Drake is trying to be hood. He’s a rapper and has created a persona for his music. Like Common has, like every other rapper has.

  • Biscayne Bully

    Is this a serious question?

  • matt


  • N

    common is obsolete

  • PancakeMcKennz

    Jay-Z versus Nas was beef. Drake versus Common is a soy burger: bland, tasteless, and it exists but nobody cares.

  • Batmayne

    It did seem like a publicity stunt for his album.

  • CK

    I agree with some of the other comments here, I think it was a combination of the Serena Williams love triangle, good timing to get publicity for Common’s album, and Common expressing confusion/outrage/anger over Drake selling so many copies of his albums in the same way a hardcore punk rock fan or metal fan might express the same emotions about Justin Bieber selling so many albums.

  • M

    “if somebody wants to start something it’s whatever though”

    that’s the lyric, right?

  • a guest but not really

    I think the best part of this whole thing is now every time Drake says “you niggas” “hatin niggas” or “your girl” Common is going to think its about him.
    Drake won.

  • jam

    Honestly, Common hasn’t been dope to me since “one day”. But whatever the case no matter what happens,
    Common>>>>>>>>>>Drake. Most modern day beefs do tend to be marketing ploys anyway so i can’t get too upset at lonnie taking a shot at mainstream rap’s latest golden boy. Yeah, drakes an easy target but sometimes people need to be called out. i understand the authenticity issue, but drakes questionable talent should be the larger issue at hand.

  • LW

    Common made “Sweet” and talked about how he’s not a fan of the new generation/style of rappers. He claims he meant it to be like Jay-Z’s DOA track, just talking about the whole “new school” of rapping. Whether it was at Drake specifically or not, Drake went back at him on Stay Schemin. Once he did that, he was puttin himself into a competition he’s not lyrically ready for, one that doesn’t fit his style as a rapper. So he backed down. Com wasn’t aiming to get on Drake’s “story” he just wanted to talk some shit about the new generation, and Drizzy was the one who decided to play ball ’til it got too hot for him.

    This was never gonna be some Jay and Nas shit. No matter how much Com enjoys beefin, that’s just not the way the game is right now. Which kinda proves exactly what he was saying on Sweet, the track that started all this shit anyway.

  • codine

    I love how people give Drake flack for a single line “make you catch a body like that” when hip hop in general is filled with metaphors and bravado basically all bullshit in general. If you think they actually live 20% of the shit they say than you are a fool in your own regard. It is an entire genre largely built on bravado and over-the-top galavanting. Of course Drake is best for the softer side because that is honesty, something which is severely missing in most mainstream hip hop. THAT is why he has risen to such great heights, people relate to problems with girls not killing people over the drug game. He was absolutely on point with that last line, Common dropped the ball on this one.

    Side note, in a billboard interview when asked to describe what artists inspire you Common responded, God our creator…haha Whaat?

  • JRLM

    I never really understood why common is doing this.

  • byahbyah

    What I was getting at with my original comment is not that I care if he was rich growing up or not but that there is clearly a bit of deception going on when his songs that talk about him “catching a body like that” get played on top 40 radio stations around the US and suburban white kids (lets face it, a huge portion of hip hop listners) driving the SUV their parents bought them think that shits for real.

  • BlackPrince

    EVERY Rapper creates a story about themselves. Even the East Coast West Coast beef in the 90s was just bullshit. It was Death Row basically picking on Bad Boy. And frankly all of those guys on Death Row, even Suge were ultimately soft niggas: Dre, Snoop, even Pac, NONE Of them were bloods or crips growin up, at least not in the way that they bodied niggas. You know what though? I dont give a shit. Pac is my fav rapper of all time and no amount of exaggeration can change that. Drake is ill too and I dont care if he “soft.” Thats what peeps said about Pac in 93 too.

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