News: Common Willing To Drop Drake Rap Battle, "I Said What I Needed To Say"
Thursday, Jan 19, 2012 4:59PM
After heating up the Internet over the past few weeks with an on-going rap battle campaign against Young Money's Drake, Chicago rapper Common is ready to move forward.
While Common is willing to drop the battle temptation, he did warn about the consequences Drizzy could face if he lashes at him again.
"I don't think I had anything to prove," Common says. "I just felt like somebody stepped and challenged me, so I had to step into the ring. He said some things that I thought were directed at me, so I had to address it back." Now that it's all out in the open, Common is ready to move on. "I feel like I said what I had to say, and I'm just going to let it be at that point," he says. "Now, if something else happens, then I'll just have to act accordingly. But right now, I feel like, man, I said what I needed to say about this situation on record." (Rolling Stone)
A few days ago, Brooklyn rapper Papoose said Drizzy had an obligation to respond next.
"It's interesting, man, because Common is a master lyricist," Pap explained in an interview with radio host Kevin Reese. "I think Drake is nice too. So it'll be interesting to see the outcome. I'm like everybody else, I'm just waiting to see what's going to happen. You know what I mean? So to me, it's just interesting to me because they both can rap, they're both nice. You know what I mean? So it ain't gonna be no walk in the park. [Younger emcees typically go after older emcees?] I think it's the other way around these days. I think the older cats are coming back for some of the new cats a little bit more. That's what it seems like to me. Drake responded though, on the joint with him, [Rick] Ross and [French Montana], and then Common came back the next day. So now we have to wait for Drake to answer his phone now and see what happens. It's interesting." (Hot 93.7)
Last week, Common defended his decision to keep entertaining the rap battle.
"At the end of the day, I just expressed what I felt about hip-hop," Common said in an interview referring to his initial reason for dropping the "Sweet" record. "I ain't trying to do no battles in any other way besides emceeing. We know that things can get [extreme] -- if you're gonna challenge me as an artist, as an emcee, I'm gonna let you know who I am. ... You just gotta know what you're in it for. I got into this because it's hip-hop. On the song 'Sweet' I'm [talking about] over and over, it's a lot of singing. ... I just spoke up for the art of hip-hop and what I feel about it." (Sirius Hip Hop Nation)
A few days prior, Cash Money's Birdman said while he does not endorse diss records, the team fully supports Drizzy's moves.
"Drake the homie so we ride or die. Ain't no second questions about that, but we never been a brand to make records and want to make money off of making records of other people that's not what we about," Birdman told radio host Big Boy. "So to me, however the young homie deal with it we behind him, we supporting him 100 percent with our life so that's just what it is. Ain't no other way. Drake the lil' homie that's blood, that's family, and ain't no siding with that. It's Drake or nothing." (Power 106)
Check out Common recently speaking on Drake below: