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Common On Kanye West Controversy: "No Matter What, That's My Brother"
The fellow Chicago native was stopped by TMZ to speak on his longtime friend's recent actions, with Common emphasizing the importance of focusing on problems that matter much more than what West is doing.
"It's a lot going on in the world like women being dragged out of Waffle House, like Black people being shot down in the streets," he said. "We got people in the government, the president, and the others, lying and creating divisiveness."
"No matter what, Kanye is my brother," he added. "No matter what. So, it's no beginning to the end. That's my brother, I love him. I don't agree with everything he says, and he's thinking."
Stevie Wonder also recently spoke out against West's commentary, particularly him saying that slavery was a choice.
"Honestly, you know your history, you know that's not true," Wonder said when asked by TMZ about the statement. "If you know the truth, you don't listen to foolishness."
Last week, West appeared at the TMZ Newsroom when he made the statement that slavery was a choice.
"When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years? That sounds like a choice," the rapper said. "Like, you was there for 400 years and it was all of y'all?"
The controversial remark led to an argument between West and Red Pill podcast host Van Lathan.
"Kanye, you're entitled to your opinion, you’re entitled to believe whatever you want. But there are real-life consequences behind everything you just said," Lathan said. "…Frankly, I'm disappointed, I'm appalled, and I'm unbelievably hurt by the fact that you have morphed into something that, to me, is not real."