So it’s 2012. And things are getting weird. Biggie already taught us what beef really is, but we might need a refresher course, because the term rap “beef” in 2012 is almost as misused as the word “freestyle.” But here we are, and one of the most talked about things in mainstream hip-hop right now is the ongoing feud between—out of all rappers—Common and Drake. It’s hard to avoid, and face it: the shit is entertaining.

So Common upped the ante with the direct shots fired in the “Stay Schemin'” remix, and now everywhere he goes, he has to answer questions about this beef. And he does answer, because he’s Common, and he seems like a genuinely nice guy, when he’s not beefin’. In his latest Q&A with Chicago’s WGCI, he was asked if he’d need to round up a posse to square off with Birdman (who is staying out of it but said he’s riding with Drake no matter what) and the YMCMB crew, Common answered:

“If it had to get to teamin’ up, you know, I’d get my squad too. You know, you can’t forget G.O.O.D. Music, Kanye, and the brothers.”

Now, it’s all hypothetical, but this statement makes it impossible for us not to conjure up images of a crew beef between two of the most popular hip-hop conglomerates of our time. G.O.O.D. Music and YMCMB.

The Major Players:


Young Money/Cash Money:

– Drake
– Birdman
– Lil Wayne
– Nicki Minaj
– Tyga
– Mack Maine
– Cory Gunz? (Okay, maybe not major, but the kid can spit, if it comes down to some lyrical assassin shit)

G.O.O.D. Music:

– Common
– Kanye
– Pusha T
– Big Sean
– Kid Cudi
– Cyhi Da Prynce
– Mos Def? (Is he really in G.O.O.D. Music?)

It’s hard to believe a massive crew vs. crew feud will ensue over this, but it’s also hard not to imagine it. Who would you side with? Would there be any real outcome? Would a beef even affect either of these crews’ legitimacy, or just act as a media/consumer feeding frenzy?  Listen to Common’s interview below.