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Stay Schemin’ – Drake vs. Common [News/Video]

Chicago, IL – Check out the video below, where Common fires back at Drake over “Stay Schemin” calling Drake “a hoe ass nigga” and taunting him for the line in “Headlines” when he says “don’t mess around and make me catch a body like that.”

This all started about a month ago when Common released “Sweet” (video after the jump) and took aim at “sweet” rappers who are singing all the time. Originally, Common took the easy way out saying the song was meant for anyone who it fit. But Drake took the bait by ending his set at the Cali Christmas Concert saying “I’d like to thank all of you who purchased my album…I will never stop doing this for ya’ll. I don’t give a f*ck! If you got something to say to me say it to my motherf*cking face n*gga. Just cause I sing, I’m not no bitch. If you got something to say, I’m right here.”

Following that outburst, Common admitted on Sway In The Morning on Shade45 that Drake falls into the category he was talking about. He compared the situation to Jay-z’ “D.O.A.” and T-Pain falling into that category.

The saga continued just the other day when the video for Rick Ross’ record “Stay Schemin’” surfaced featuring arguably one of Drake’s most aggressive verses. While Drake didn’t say Common’s name (as is the style these days [more on that later from me]), many believed the shots to be directed at the Chicago native.

And now, less than a week after it’s release, “Stay Schemin” is hijacked by Common for the most direct Drake diss record to date (wait till the end of the song to hear Common’s verse). Check out both versions of “Stay Schemin” below. Follow up with us for my own commentary on the dynamics of rap beef in 2012 coming soon.

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    They’re both great emcees but I think the winner’s been revealed already. I see it like this:

    #1. It’s well known that you’re nobody until someone hates you. And someone’s probably jealous or feeling very threatened by you specifically when their hate surfaces from something they’ve given others a pass on before (Snoop and Nelly have been singing in rap songs for years. Unless I missed them I heard no comments from Common).

    #2. You know you’re great when you make another great step off their game to try to contain you. He had some words with Westside Connection back in the day, but beefing is generally not what Common is best known for.

    To his credit, everything Common says about himself in “Sweet” is absolutely correct. He’s synonymous with prolific, legendary, true hip hop, etc, but for a number of reasons I don’t think he’s justified in going at Drake. Common is widely regarded as a voice for the people and may be speaking for a significant amount of critics of the newest hybrid of hip hop but that aggression coming out of the mouth of one of the most highly-regared “conscience” cats out may be ill-advised. I’m sure he’s doing it out of love for- and acknowledgement of the essence of battle rap, but I think that message may potentially get lost in translation along the way.

    Subjectly speaking, Drake would eat 95% of all rappers’ food in just straight rap. He doesn’t sing to compensate for a weakness in another area. The man is just that talented an artist. He doesn’t need a feature to switch up the vibe and add a fresh flavour to a hook. Objectively speaking, the charts and his writing credits/contributions to other critically acclaimed artists (such as Alicia Keys) would substantiate that claim.

    Common is one of my favourite rappers of all time and I respect what he has and continually brings to the hip hop. Likewise, Drake is rightfully at the top of the music industry in my opinion. I don’t think he even has to say anything after his verse in Stay Schemin’. The first 2 bars combined with the last 4 addressed and bettered anything in either of Common’s tracks in my opinion. Drake’s where he’s at for good reason.

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