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Is The Drake-Common Battle Already Over?

By / 01.23.12

The Hip-Hop community has been anxiously waiting for Drizzy to take off his press on nails, toss the wig and start swinging back at Common for a week or so now, but according to the homie Andrew at FSD and a conversation held at the Sundance Film Festival, Drake has heard the disses and formulated his plans regarding the battle.

Maybe Jimmy is just playing things close to the chest. Or maybe he’s just taken his ball and gone home. If that’s the case, then are we to just pretend his verse on “Stay Schemin” didn’t exist? I understand Drake not wanting to respond or get involved with a war of words with Common. Even though I think Drake has a lot to gain from standing toe to toe with Com Sense, there is a slight risk he’ll get eviscerated for all to see. So Drake was well within his rights to say “no mas” and wave the white flag.

That was until his “can’t wait to run into you” or “Gods acting like broads” lines. It’s too late to change the course without looking like a total punk. Common has made it perfectly clear that he’s only interested in a competitive battle where certain lines aren’t crossed. In a recent Rolling Stone interview, Com openly admitted to respecting Drake’s music and only wanting to spar. This is about as harmless as battles can get.

Of course, Drake’s already told us how he feels about being considered a great rapper or being considered holy to the hoards of males looking for the next great MC. He doesn’t give a sh*t. He’d rather make songs for chicks. That’s fine. Make your money. Just don’t b*tch when you wonder why you’re not respected. Don’t complain next time there’s a Twitter-wide scoff at your threats of catching a body. By throwing a jab and retreating, Drake is forfeiting a chance at immortality (no, a beef alone doesn’t make you great, but challenging Common is a pretty nice notch to have) that was handed to him on a silver platter. It’s saying you’d rather stay in your money-making lane as opposed to getting to the roots of Hip-Hop and mixing it up. It’s saying you’d rather team up with two other All-Stars instead of leading your own team to a championship.

Yes, you’ll still be great. But you’re taking the easy way out.


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