Words By Marky Mark
Twenty years ago, Common and Ice Cube were in the middle of answering the question, “what’s beef?” What a difference a couple decades make, as the two are starring in Barbershop: The Next Cut and released a song from the soundtrack titled “Real People” to celebrate that fact. The tune is all about black people coming together over peace and love rather than pieces and drugs, but the moment isn’t lost on Common.
“It’s a good a day when it’s me and O’Shea
It’s like the times we cheered for O.J.
I say Mike, you say Ko-be
But ain’t no more beef, I put that on Chief…
Glad Farrakan prepared us to meet
Now me and bro bringing meals to the meek”
They’ve come a long, long, long way since their war of words hosted on “Westside Slaughterhouse” and “The Bitch in Yoo”. Technically, they called a truce years ago, hugged it out – thanks to Minister Farrakhan interceding – and the rest is history. But now, recording “Real People” together further proves time passing and wisdom gained helps heal wounds.
“We were always fans of each other from afar,” Ice Cube told Complex. “Our beef was over a misunderstanding. It was cool for us to sit down, talk to each other, and work that out as men.”
Common said they got into the game to “elevate” and there was no need for them to get into it to begin with. “Real People” is about black neighborhoods standing up and doing the right thing. These two did the right thing for the game, and it’s great to see them finally come together on a song.
Barbershop: The Next Cut comes to theaters on April 15.