Common’s last full-length album, The Dreamer, The Believer, was very good, featuring mostly killer and little filler. But there was one note that kind of seemed out-of-place: “Sweet,” a track that saw Mr. Sense lashing out at an unnamed rapper that everybody knew to be Drake. At the time, it was a seemingly random attack.
Thanks to a VladTV interview, we seem to have answers surrounding the aggression. And, wouldn’t ya know it, it all started with a girl.
“At that time, I think it was the Drake-Serena situation… I didn’t know what was going on with that. And I ain’t know if he was throwing shots at me. [Serena] my ex and we’re going our separate ways. So unfortunately the war might have been over a girl, but at the time I never said that. It wasn’t totally that. It was more of, ‘Do you respect me? ‘Cause I actually like you as an artist.”
He’d go on to reference “Sweet” specifically.
“Well, the song ‘Sweet,’ for me, was a song where I was really talking about Hip-Hop… A lot of the softer side of Hip Hop is just being the example of what people think Hip-Hop is. To me, you can express yourself in many different ways, but I was just missing that hardcore Hip Hop, that raw Hip-Hop sound, and I was just talking about it. The song ‘Sweet’ was cats out there doing sweet music. Dude must have took offense to it, so he came out and said some things, and once he said something on record, I said something on record.”
Again, this isn’t the newest of news, but it’s definitely the first time that Common has come out and said that Serena, specifically, caused such behavior. It’d be nice if he came out and said that “Sweet” was about Drake considering his dirty laundry was already being aired, but considering we’re years removed from a beef that never really happened, better to play the political card than anything else.