The whole Common versus Maya Angelou situation has received a lot of buzz recently in the blogosphere. Common features Angelou on his track “The Dreamer” and upon listening to the album (especially the track immediately following her poem, Ghetto Dreams) Angelou expressed a “surprise” when it comes to a choice “n word” frequently used by Com. The folks at 106 and Park used their platform in order to put Mr. Sense on the phone with the good Dr. Angelou. Maya Angelou had the poignancy of 80 plus years of wisdom and shed some light on the current generation’s need to process and journey into fuller understanding of the topic at hand. It seems that the Common v. Angelou “beef” has concluded in a mutual respect and admiration and with Dr. Angelou droppin much needed science on the youth in the audience and at home. Common also chimes in about Drake and ensures the hip-hop world that the essence of the altercation is not malicious but rather quintessential of the elemental quality of hip-hop’s braggadocio. Within the parameters of an art form built on posturing and self-promotion, these sort of clashes can contribute to the best music from both parties. Rhyme will tell.
Antonio Cortez Appling