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            If we were to go down Notorious B.I.G.’s list of “What’s Beef” then we would not have any problems. But since this isn’t 1994, move over Pacquia – Mayweather there is a new prizefight in town. Drake and Common continue taking shots at each other in 2012 and the beef simmers over into the New Year. But I got to thinking…is this really a beef? When you think of historic rap beefs you think of 50 Cent/Ja Rule, Eazy E/Dr. Dre, and of course TuPac/Biggie. Now, what is the common factor in all of these beefs? Violence. All of these feuds ending with either a person being killed, shot, or shot at. Can any of you guys really see Drake or Common getting in a gun down with the other? No, me either. These two are seem less evil than Jesse Pinkman on a bad day. That is why this beef smells a little more Tofu to me (less The Wire, more Desperate Housewives).

First we should go over what this feud is actually over and what verbal “shots” have been fired. It all started when Common decided he needed more promotion for his new single “Sweet”. He had a few lines highlighting how weak some rappers are and calling rappers out for trying to sign. The line that seemed to take the biggest shot at Drake was, “Some ho ass n***as … Singing all around me man, la la la … You ain’t muthafucking Frank Sinatra. Uh, li’l bitch … Yeah, this the raw right here. This the raw right here n***a … Sweet muthafucka … Sweet ass bitch muthafucka.”(Real creative lyrics by the way Common, and you want us to act like you are an untouchable legend? Just saying.) Drake took this personally and called out Common (Kind of Real Housewives style) at one of his shows.

Then Drizzy Drake took it one step further and recorded his verse on “Stay Schemin’” for Rick Ross’s Rich Forever mixtape. The beef came full center when Drake made a few choice remarks about legends being females and such (we will go over who is winning the debate and punches landed below). Not only did Drake’s verse take (indirect) swings at Common but he landed a few other classic Drake lines. My personal favorite, “Kobe just lost 150 M, Kobe my n I hate it had to be him, Bitch you wasn’t with me shooting in the gym, (Ross) Huh, Bitch you wasn’t with me shooting in the gym.” You know Kobe hears that and just nods his head sadly. (But to be fair, she wasn’t in the bed when Kobe was with all those other girls either. Maybe all he had to do was be more upfront like Drake and ask to get with his girl’s friends.)

Not to be outdone, Common came back with his own diss verse at Drake on the same track, “Stay Schemin’” (and only 3 days later!! So you know it was on his mind all weekend.) Common doesn’t even try to hide that he is dissing Drake; instead he does the exact opposite by calling him out by name multiple times. Even goes so far as to tell us so at the end of the track.

As I am writing this I continue to refresh hotnewhiphop.com to see if Drake has released his own diss track yet, but have had no success. Honestly, I would not be surprised if Drake just brushes this one off. He has said in the past, “Diss me, and you’ll never hear a reply for it.” But this time you would think he has too. Now the time has come to take a look at the best lines these two have fired at each other and find out who currently has the upper hand. (To make this go faster and be more far the top 3 lines will be considered.)


  • “Back when a n**** reach it was for the weapon, nowadays n***** reach just to sell they record.”
  • “It bothers me when the gods get to acting like the broads.”
  • “That’s why I don’t feel need to compete with n***** like ya’ll, I just ask that when you see me, you speak up n**** that’s all.”

Okay Drizzy we feel you. You think some of the older rappers have been treating you unfairly and calling you fake. So you are calling them out for not saying it to your face and just backstabbing you. Only problem is you never actually say whom you are talking about and keep it vague. But we know, we know, we know (Drake voice).


  • “Everybody know you sweet, what the problem is, don’t play dumb I’m the one that acknowledged it.”
  • “His style he don’t own it, acting all hard when he hardly like that, you gonna mess around and make me catch a body like that, owwww”
  • “Every song you make Joe is really hoe music.”

Common comes back over the top here. Just goes in on Drake. Calls him a bitch in more ways than one. The line in which Common insults Drake’s father didn’t even make the top three which is pretty incredible in itself.

Hate to say it (with me being a huge Drake fan), but Common so far has won this beef. All of his comments are not true and most are pretty ridiculous, but they still will sting the over emotional Aubrey Graham. Drake is like Rocky in Rocky II right before the 15th Round of the second Apollo Creed fight. He is pretty much down for the count. Common ripped him harder than anyone has ever gone after him publicly and this is on a major scale. Twitter was blowing up with this all day, everyone in the music industries eyes are on Drake and what he will do next. If I was Common I would be more worried than smug. Drake has the likes of Wayne, Rick Ross (who guaranteed did not cosign on that “remix”), Jay-Z, T.I., Jeezy, and a slew of other top tier rappers. Who does Common have…Kanye? Cudi? Lupe? I doubt any of these rappers would jump to his defense as fast as Drake’s squad. For everyone’s sake involved let’s all hope that this doesn’t have anything to do with Selena. Here is to hoping that Drake does fire back and he gets back to rapping hard again, even though his slow raps are some of his best.

Final Analysis: Tofu

-Josh Becherer