Though he touched on this yesterday, Common confirmed this morning his The Dreamer, The Believer song “Sweet” is directed at Drake.
Specifically, this chorus:
“Y’all n—as man, you soft m—-f—kers. Yeah my man, m—-f—ker. Then come around my crib. You know where I’m from. Some ho ass n—as. Singing all around me man, la la la! You ain’t m—-f—king Frank Sinatra. Uh, lil’ bitch. Yeah, this the raw right here! This the raw right here n—a. Sweet m—-f—ker! Sweet ass bitch muthafucka!”

Seeing as how Drake channeled Sinatra all over our TVs this past August, it seemed pretty clear that line was about him. So here’s what Common told Sway this morning on Shade45.

Sway: So you’re inviting Drake into battle…
Common: Aye, he opened his mouth and said some things*, so if that’s what he wants. All that sublimal, you might as well say it now….
The verse is about me, but when you hear some of the stuff on the chorus, you can’t help but think about dude, I guess. And that’s what he felt. So yeah. At the end of the day, you fit in that category. He already embraced it, so wear it.

Common: He’s a very successful artist obviously. He’s a very talented artist too, I give credit where it’s due….but any artist can be a target…it’s just about mc-ing, when you step in there, you in the ring, baby. Especially if you say you’re the greatest. I’m on “Sweet” saying I’m the greatest too…

BUTT…..seriously, what else could be BEHIND this beef?
After the jump

(Common talks to Sway and Devi Dev on Shade 45’s morning show)

*When Common mentioned that Drake “said some things”….was he referring to Drake’s comments at the Cali Christmas show?:
“I will never stop doing this for ya’ll. I don’t give a f*ck if you have something to say to me. Say it to my muthaf*ckin’ face. Just cause I sing don’t make me no b-tch.”

Meanwhile, the twitter CSI squads are gathering forensics on an allegedly deleted tweet from Drake…that read: “Platinum. Now That’s SWEET!” Most folks say that tweet is fake.

What’s not fake is Drake’s producer Noah “40” Shebib‘s tweets:
Hmm. There is much irony in this argument. And any argument about Common not being hip hop is absurd. Even more so than a similar Drake argument (which I also think is absurd). Common has no singing voice to speak of.

Maybe all the rap cats and R&B cats could agree on something if they just noticed the 800lbs buttcheeks in the room; )

(Common x Serena Williams. Drake x Serena Williams.)

LOL. I’m surprised by all this because Common is literally one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. So just hearing him matter of fact-ly talk trash is fun. But whether you feel like his motives are right or wrong, or his personal style is softer than Drake’s…you can’t dismiss Common’s battle-tested lyrical skill.

Previously: Common & Dr. Maya Angelou Clear Up Controversy Behind “The Believer”