Common Dismisses White House Controversy On "The Daily Show"

Lonnie brushes off the criticisms from those who put him in the crosshairs regarding his performance at the White House.

Back in May, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and members of the Fox News A-Team took issue with Michelle Obama’s decision to have Common perform at a White House poetry event. 

Although their outcry never prevented Common from performing at the First Lady’s event, Beck and company accused the Chicago, Illinois rapper of promoting violence in one particular song, and questioned his “friendship” with Assata Shakur. This week, Common addressed the issue on "The Daily Show" during a chat with host Jon Stewart, who previously defended him during a debate with Bill O’Reilly.

"At first, I thought it was humorous… Then I realized they just didn't know me, because if they had, they wouldn't come out and say that I rap about killing cops," Common said. "Anyone that knows me knows I put out music about love, I put out music about social consciousness, community, God, having fun."

He added that co-workers on the set of his upcoming AMC show Hell On Wheels took notice of the rumors. "Some of my team members told me, 'Fox News and Sarah Palin said this and that about you, that you were this type of artist,'" he said. "That's when I was like, 'Really? You sure?' Sarah Palin must have never have heard any of Common's music."

Common’s 9th album The Dreamer, The Believer is scheduled for a late 2011 release. Hell On Wheels premieres on AMC November 6th.

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14 Comments

  • Nico 3

    Anonymous - Let's look back shall we? Common had written a poem calling for the burning of George W. Bush. Also, after 9/11, countless rappers did songs blaming Bush for everything but the cancellation of Different Strokes. Then there was that whole Kanye thing. Do your homework next time troll boy.

  • Nico 3

    If Bush had asked him to perform he wouldn't have. This is a case where Common was simply supporting Obama, and one one hand shouldn't be criticized for it, but on the other, should be better prepared when people throw darts, especially when you're a rapper/actor. People take shots just to see how you respond.

    • smh

      talk about prejudging lmao... dumbass

    • Anonymous

      "If Bush had asked him to perform he wouldn't have" This sentence right here says it all. You act like you know President Bush personally (or Common) to state something as stupid as that. You don't know that Common would perform or not if Bush asked. What a dumb ass statement my Lord...

    • Anonymous

      Why wouldn't he perform for Bush? People like you need to stop prejudging people. Bush had plenty of black performers who didn't necessarily agree with his politics, perform at the White House. Then again blacks generally tend to be far more reasonable people than the hicks that are poising this country with hate.

  • Jason

    I'm a huge underground fan. I like mos def and Common and immortal technique but you probably never heard of them lolololololololololol dicks in my butt dicks in my butt dicks in my butt dicks in my butt dicks in my butt dicks in my butt

    • Jason

      Hahahaha I love it when Weezy lets us play Immortal Technique. We get together and fuck a unicorn to death. Then Tunechi slits beasts throat with his razor sharp cock and lets the blood spurt all over his rock-hard protrusion. Then the GOAT uses his man strength to break the horn off the unicorn. The horns always look like a big ass dildo for some reason but Weezy assures me this is just what they look like. Anyways Weezy fucks me in my ass with the unicorn horn and he makes me suck the unicorn blood off his cock. He says if a drop hits the floor, then it won't work and we won't stay immortal. Yall know I aint gone let that happen. All the blood gets drank and Weezy gives me some of his God-juice along the way. Call me El Chupacabra cause I'm the GOAT sucker!!!!!!!!! Hahahahaha Me and Weezy gonna live forever!!!!!!!!!

  • Jason

    Common is the weakest rapper ever. Bootleg politician Mos Def wannabe on crack. LOL. His lyrics are WEAK. His flow is WEAK. He has no punchlines. Why do people even like this black Mr. Clean look-alike-bitch? Wayne>>>Mos Def>>>>>>>My left nutsack>>>>>Common

  • gill

    Common sounds more diplomatic than Sarah Palin and the rest of em, Fox News should take notes.

  • Fight the NWO

    he should have been a real patriot and told the White House to kiss his black ass..He's no Chuck D, dude has turned into a puppet not a revolutionary

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