Yesterday Common paid a visit to 106 & Park (above) and being the renaissance man he is, spoke about his best-selling book and his latest acting turn on the new TV series Hell on Wheels almost as much as he did his new music. But music is not taking a back seat by any means–his battle-stance on the latest single “Sweet” has definitely got people’s attention and in the midst of all his other activities Com took time to sit with XXL Mag and revisit some of the sharpest lyrical elbows he’s thrown over the years, to bring fans who are too young to remember “Bitch in Yoo.” As Com put it:

One of my boys said, “Man, you remind me of when you was at FAMU [Florida A&M University] when he heard that song. He was like, “I’ve been waiting for that song for 20 years from you. I think what I did was just not put that responsibility of saying, “Man, OK, just because I went to the White House, I can’t express that side of me. Or just because I’m doing this brand partnership and because I am speaking to the kids and say, “Do something right,” that still don’t mean I ain’t an adult that feel like, “N**ga, get yo’ hoe ass out of here,” or I’ma fight when I need to fight. I had to make that decision for myself and part of it was just me being more comfortable in my skin and being like, “I’m a man, I ain’t gotta sit around and be worried about what everybody is gon think.

The foulest? Using Craig Mack as a metaphor for ugly. That is kinda messed up. Get the rest of the story here.



  • Maura Duval

    J. Cole’s “Lost Ones” is amazing real and touching video that ya’ll should watch!! Check it out on Vevo at http://bit.ly/rKRdB9

  • noah complex but neva mind sounds positive , imagine therapists killing your high , jelouse doctors,(hell my brother is even a doctor) and other patients being jelouse of your recovery. now common reflects that , injustice is an issue that can not be adressed with war, sure i want to kill them but i want to get back what they stole from me , worst part is they know i want this, so that is y i like peace because they cant stand it