'Yo! MTV Raps' Breaks Down Common's Beef With Ice Cube

Yo Mtv Rapsbreaks Down Commons Beef With Ice Cube


By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Common's seminal 1994 track, 'I Used to Love H.E.R.' portrays the evolution of hip-hop using the metaphor of a woman. In this brand new clip from 'MTV2 Presents: Yo! MTV Raps Classic Cuts ,' hip-hop aficionados like rapper Talib Kweli, DJ Quik and radio personality Miss Info break down how Common's words spawned a lyrical beef with the West Coast.

Comm's lines about gangster rap hurting hip-hop culture was interpreted by West Coast gangsta rappers like Ice Cube and West Side Connection as a jab. They responded with 'Westside Slaughterhouse.' To this, Common released the deadly 'The Bitch in Yoo,' a venomous cut that was considered very uncharacteristic for the usually calm MC.

The beef shocked fans and Common's lash out at the untouchable Cube helped him gain credibility as a force to be reckoned with. 'People started respecting his grind a little bit more because he had heart enough to dis a boss!' remembers West Coast hip-hop staple DJ Quik. 'Then you saw Common's real side,' adds Bonsu Thompson, longtime journalist. 'You saw the origins of Common like 'nah I really do this battle thing.''

History might just be repeating itself, lyrically at least. 'This Common/Drake thing is very reminiscent of the Common/Ice Cube thing,' says Kweli on the recent lyrical sparring of sorts between Common and Drizzy .

Tune in to MTV2 on Sunday, February 19, at 10 p.m. ET/PT to catch 'MTV2 Presents: Yo! MTV Raps Classic Cuts ,' then watch ' Hottest MCs in the Game VI I' immediately after at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT before capping the night off with 'Sucker Free Certified' at 11 p.m. ET/PT.