No matter the level of fame or financial affluence, no man or woman who call themselves an emcee is above the basic tenets of Hip-Hop culture. If you proclaim yourself to be one of the elite, expect to be tested. And when those tests come, be ready to show and prove. Drake’s time has now come. Common launched an assault today on his credibility as a man and his skill as an emcee on the blindsiding remix to “Stay Schemin.”
Jay-Z routinely refers to battles as “lyrical sport.” It’s a very apt description; like any competition, it all comes down to who executes the best game plan. Common already has a lead in that area — not even a full week after Drake threw some pointed darts on the OG “Stay Schemin,” Common hit back with a disrespectful verse that takes jabs at Drake’s parents and his recent penchant for incorporating some gunplay in his bars. And even then, the song feels like a freestyle invitation to a real battle. The comical ending of sampling Destiny’s Child “Say My Name”drives home the point that the time for subliminals and “interview battling” (throwing shots in interviews) is over.
Twitter subliminals like he did with Future and Ludacris won’t cut it. Slick interviews like he pulled on Pusha T won’t work either. For all the jokes about Drake’s simp songs, he’s no slouch on the mic. He needs to show that by trying to chop Common’s head clean off his shoulders. There would be no shame in falling short and losing a battle to a legend like Common. But there would be a shame if Drake doesn’t stand up for himself and his craft. Fight or flight, Drizzy…
COMMON “STAY SCHEMIN” (DRAKE DISS)