A few years later, Common states what was obvious to most.
Towards the end of 2011, Drake and Common were engaged in somewhat of a “rift” that found the two rappers throwing shots at each other in the middle of their respective album rollouts, and the “beef” lasted into the new year, in which Drizzy and the Chicago vet tossed more lyrical darts at each other over Rick Ross‘ “Stay Schemin’” record–Drake appeared on the original, Common remixed it.
At the time of the dispute, which, thankfully and as expected, remained an on-wax battle, all indications were that the two rappers were at odds because of their individual relationships with star athlete Serena Williams, with whom Common had previously been romantically involved. Earlier, in an interview with VladTV, Common, who was seldom heard from at the time of the “battle”, finally speaks a little bit on what that was all about.
At that time, I think it was the Drake-Serena situation. I didn’t know what was going on with that. And I ain’t know if he was throwing shots at me. [Serena] my ex and we’re going our separate ways. So unfortunately the war might have been over a girl but at the time I never said that. It wasn’t totally that. It was more of do you respect me? Cause I actually like you as an artist.