Common Defends Drake After Yasiin Bey’s Criticism
  • Recently, Common shared his opinion on whether Drake is ‘hip-hop’ or not and defended Drake’s artistry.
  • Common said, “I wrote a song called ‘I Used to Love H.E.R.’ and that joint was really speaking to when it started becoming real corporate and losing the purity of it. I think now, artists can be artists. Some people, if their intention is to just be a pop artist, then so be it.”
  • He continued, “To me, I think Drake comes from hip-hop. When I first heard him rhyming,  I was like, ‘Yo, this dude rhyming.’ And if he goes out and makes songs that are popular, then that’s what it is. He’s still an MC.”
  • He added, “The dude is an incredible songwriter; he’s an incredible artist. You can’t touch that many people for as long a time as he’s been doing… This man has touched different aspects of culture and been able to continue to do it. You gotta have some respect and know that this dude is a very talented artist.”
  • Common continued on Yasiin Bey: “Yasiin is a genius, man. I’ve been around that dude and watched him as an actor and as an artist and listened to a lot of his raps and he is very high level when it comes to poetic rap—not even just poetic rap, but I’m saying he has poetry within his rap. He can style on anything. He can do a lot.”
  • Who do you think is a better rapper? Common? Yasiin Bey? Why?