Common Reveals Who He Would Like To See In A Rap Battle

Com picks two rappers who he think could go bar-for-bar.

In his latest question-and-answer series, Common fields a question from a fan about which two rappers he’d like to see trade bars in a battle. After taking a moment of reflection, Com said that he would enjoy a rap-off between Kanye West and Lil Wayne, explaining that they’re both capable of holding their own.

“I think not at a real war, but just on an MC level battle, I think two emcees who would really be a good battle would be Kanye and Lil Wayne,” he said. “They both got them lines that you be like, ‘Dang, that line was cold. Some real lines!’ They both got style, too. I think it’d be a good battle.”

Common is currently prepping the release of his upcoming album The Dreamer, The Believer, releasing December 20th.

RELATED: Ludacris, LL Cool J, Common & More Perform At 2012 Grammy Nominations Live

122 Comments

  • NY

    I just lost so much respect for Common, I'm close to the point of not getting his album. Why Kanye and Lil Wayne, Kamye hasn't had a decent album since his debut and Lil Wayne is the joke of hip hop.

  • G

    TI would kill both of them in a battle just sayin

  • Unknown

    Wow I'm dissapointed at Common being impressed by Kanye's and Weezy's punchlines. That's a shame both artists as rappers are simple as hell. And if you cant see that, then people nowadays must be listening to simple ass rappers.

  • Anonymous

    just lost nearly all the respect i had for common. he's lucky that one common sense album is classic

  • Anonymous

    Lmfao woww thatd be a shitty ass battle percee p would bury them two and common in a verse.

  • Jake Drennan

    lol is this serious? ymcmb is brainwashing the entire industry haha

  • David Peralta

    Jay-Z is on a different level.

    • Lil Wayne Is Gay

      @David Peralta Yo man, your jaw bone is fucking huge, just thought I would let you know

    • Unknown

      Jay-Z is on a different level? The same guy that steals lyrics just like Lil Wayne? Damn I bet you think they're the best all time just because they dubbed that nickname for themselves

  • YADIG

    YEAH, YALL NIGGAS MAY BE STUCK IN THE 90'S BUT MY DICK IS STUCK IN LIL WAYNE'S MOUTH AND MY MOM'S VIBRATOR IS STUCK UP IN MY ASS. NO LUBRICATION. PAIN IS PAIN. THAT'S WHY MY FEEBLE MINDED RANTS WHERE I COPY AND PASTE MY DAILY TROLL POSTINGS SOUND SO INCOHERENT

  • YADIG

    I HAVE TO KEEP SINGING WAYNE'S PRAISES. WHY? FOR ONE, I'M ON HIS PAYROLL. 2. I KINDA LIKE GETTING THAT DIRTY SANCHEZ MUSTACHE. 3. MY MOM'S NEEDS THE MONEY. I GET TIRED OF HER TURNING TRICKS FOR JUST $20 A POP. BESIDES, TROLLING THE INTERNET 24/7 JUST DOESN'T PAY LIKE I THOUGHT IT WOULD. SIGH!

  • TiiDo

    I'd like to see eLZhi up against Supastition. Black Thought going head to head against Mos Def. Royce Da 5'9" going at it against Immortal Tech. Black Star vs Critically Acclaimed.

  • draing007

    common -______- really?? lil wayne? shut the fuck up hes just saying that because a typical answer from common would be like talib kweli and jay z or something and kanye in a battle i dont think so

  • wtf

    i like both eminem and lil wayne but we all now in a rap battle em would make wayne choke simple as and as fare as jay z come into it that fool should of retired years ago

  • kennyken

    that would be a great battle

  • Mr Flamboyant

    Wasn't expecting him to say those two. YADIG is the worst. Let's start a petition for him to kill himself.

  • Samuel Snead

    Kanye is a great all around artist personally i think his best work is on blueprint and Be but I like some of kanyes albums too mainly his first 2 and the last one. That being said he is not a battle rapper or one of the best lyricist in my opinion. I wouldn't mind seeing lil wayne vs jay-z as far as a power struggle goes and I would also like to see if jay-z can knock lil weezy down a peg. other battles that would be interesting to me are slaughterhouse vs wu-tang,immortal tech vs canibus,shady vs young money, d-block vs maybach

    • Lil Wayne Is Gay

      @David Peralta Yo man, your jaw looks like a foot dawg

    • Christopher Arsenio

      He said mc battle , not free style battle..

    • Anonymous

      Sorry but jayd get bodied by allloot people. Eminem or percee p of the tip of my head

    • David Peralta

      Jay-Z vs Wayne: Not even a Competition. Jay is in a total different league then lil wayne. Its not even a fair challenge. What is Wayne gonna say to Jay? Jay comes at you with factual statements. What is wayne gonna say that we are going to believe? There is noone that can compare to Jay-Z.

  • mrhiphop

    A good one would be Big pun vs jada

  • aniggnigg

    Even tho BET holds down incredible cyphers, I would lke to see big name artist doing rap battles..... Me for one would lke to see EMINEM vs NAS

  • IAmControverse

    I am a DIE HARD Kanye West fan, but there are better competitors.

  • Steven J. Horowitz

    What do you black folks think about my article?

  • Adrian Andre

    Both are wack. Hip Pop. Common's in another genre.

  • Anonymous

    Yadig Stop saying shit for lil wayne. Let him say it himself.

  • Anonymous

    Kanye West will slaughter Lil Gayne

  • thought dog

    They already have a battle to see who can fit into the smallest women's jeans they can find.

  • Nico 3

    Drake vs. Common. After Drake wins he can autograph Common's Just Wright DVD.

  • Anonymous

    JAKK FROST VS GHOSTFACE FTW

  • Anonymous

    no dis but i dont think common put any real thought into the question the answer sounds to random.i would like to see jada and styles p go at it wtf its just for sport haha

  • Anonymous

    what? do they get 20 minutes before and then bt each verse to write something down?

  • bunkiu

    best battle ever is Nas vs 50 cent and styles.p vs busta buss drake vs J.cole

  • bunkiu

    That would be a good rap battle, I would love to see in a battle Eminem vs Jada kiss no written shit

  • @RAPPERROAST

    PS Common, nigga, WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS UNIVERSAL MIND CONTROL BULLSHIT??? I burned that cd then put it in nicki minajs pussy!! every other nigga been in there!!

  • @RAPPERROAST

    Id like to see a battle between these two, if they pulled out a 9 and wayne shot kanye in the mouth, so he stay producing, and then kanye shot wayne in his fuckin head!!! Then there would only be nicki, soulja boy and lil b who wacker than drake fag ass!

  • Anonymous

    YADIG IS A "STEIN" MODERATOR. GAME RECOGNIZE GAME. WONDOUGH>>>YADIG

  • Mandy Sandy

    common and kanye would both murder faggot azz gayne in a rap battle. lil gayne would be cryin and runnin back home 2 hiz mama after 5 secondz. hahahaha! don't fuck wit roc nation and g.o.o.d. muzik, home of da best lyricistz on da planet. step up, u get fucked up! RN/GM BITCH!

  • Anonymous

    yadig if ur so on waynes dick answer my question how come eminem waz voted by fans on vibe magazine da best rAPPER ALIVE AND BEST RAPPER EVA HE WAZ VOTED DAT AND EVEN WAYNE SAID OUT HIS MOUTH DAT HE WANTED 2 DO A SONG WITH EMINEM CAUSE HES GREAT AND E,MINEM OUT SELLS HIS RECORD BY AT LEAST 12 MILL LOOK IT UP BRO WHO HAS MORE BEEA SLAES WHO HAS RETIRED OTHER ARTIST AFTER BEEFED AND LIKE I SAID EVEN GAME SAID HE WULD RUN FROM WHITE BOY

  • Anonymous

    chill: lets try something new.how about we respect each other and if you dont have anything to add to the convo then dont comment at all. Postedjust now | Reply

  • Beantownflow

    Common is on crack! He's definitely sold the fuck out. Did he mention Wayne bc of the so called Drake diss?! I think I see The Bitch in You Common!

  • YADIG

    FEMINEM CAN'T HANDLE BATTLING REAL NIGGAS HE'D GET TOO SCARED AND RUN BACK TO HIS MANSION IN DETROIT & HIDE THERE FOR ANOTHER 5 YEARS LMAO!!

    • Anonymous

      Dude plz Go suck ur own dick ok. Ur only one person ok. Eminem the most known rapper alive. Lil Wayne considered one of the Worst MC's of all time. Just beating Birdman

    • YADIG

      SHUT YO ASSES UP! OL BUTTHURT ASS FEMINEM BITCHES!! EM'S OLD & SOBER NOW HE AINT THE EMCEE HE USED TO BE HE WASHED UP NOW! HE WOULDN'T BATTLE LIL ROMEO

    • Anonymous

      u idiot, eminem is a beast in mc battle, he cut ur throat in battle, the game said it if em dissed me im running.

    • Anonymous

      u fucking Joke!! Em is one of the best battle rappers ever true fucking MC ..Wayne said it himself he wouldnt be able to handle Em

  • Anonymous

    wayne wld kill kanye

  • Anonymous

    I wanna see Game vs Jay-Z but Jay-Z is too scared to battle now.

  • Almar

    HEY DUMBFUCKS? It's His Opinion, I think a dope MC Like Common knows what the fuck he's talkin bout, I'd rather hear a Real MC give his opinion on something then listen to a bunch of low lifes say what they think Regardless if common is wrong.

  • stateofhiphop

    IN A RAP BATTLE everyone else can get behind eminem. That excludes nobody! That means all the big names as well as all those underground rappers the majority has never heard of. Fuck it I'd even put money on eminem in a battle with krs one! Lol

    • James Michael Cannon

      You outta ya skull DK, nobody rips EMCEES apart the way EMINEM does... He's flow is unmatched and ass for his punchlines and sick disses... !!

    • YADIG

      EM CAN'T HANDLE BATTLING REAL NIGGAS HE'D GET TOO SCARED AND RUN BACK TO HIS MANSION IN DETROIT & HIDE THERE FOR ANOTHER 5 YEARS LMAO!!!

    • DK

      EMINEM WOULD'VE BEEN TORN A NEW ASSHOLE BY EYEDEA (RIP) SO FUCK EM AND ALL YOU LITTLE HOMOZ RIDING HIS FUCKIN DICK! ALSO KANYE AND LIL WAYNE WOULD BE BETTER BATTLING FOR MOST INGORANT AND SIMPLE MINDED RAPPERS IN THE GAME!

  • Anonymous

    hold up who got voted best rapper alive and evr by vibe magazine and also who albums sell more also who has more money in hip hop look it up i believe eminem kills wayne in those catagorys at least game is man enough 2 admit if nebody fucks with white boy there carrer iz ova so yea plus tell me y eminem kills all waynes veres dey collaborated on and wait ems last album recovery also sold more den waynes so who has more fans i mean i luv wayne and drake even rick ross but dey r not toching da cracker

    • Feminem

      Obviously nobody has seen his early rap battles or seen his latest freestyles and cypher. These people are sick in the head for thinking Em still couldn't chop them down. Man eventhe diss he did to that comedian and his R&B singin wife was murder and he wasn't even trying.

  • The B

    Man get the fuck outta here common...C'MON SON! (ed lover voice)

  • Yassin Aarabi

    Common and Nas are really dissapointing me for the moment, not sure if everybody thinks like that but c'mon, these guys are legends it's fuckin' sad to see what they have become the latest years. It's up to MelloMusic and Duck Down to save hip hop i guess

    • 2012

      In 2011 who are the heavyweights in this genre? Jay z, kanye, lil Wayne, busta rhymes, drake, andre3K, and a few others. Now u underground heads may think there all wack but let's be honest, there the biggest in this genre as of fall 11', why do u think artists like nas & common say shit like this? U don't think they know whose on top in the game? ? Hahaha

    • YADIG

      SHUT UP U FUCKIN CORNBALL ASS NIGGA!! GET THAT WACK UNDERGROUND MENTALITY OUTTA HERE!! FUCK OUTTA HERE WIT THAT WHOLE "WHO'S GONNA SAVE HIP-HOP?" BULLSHIT I HATE THAT STUPID SHIT

  • Anonymous

    yadig ur hilraous lyrically everbody afraifd of eminem he iz da greatest lyrically if u think wayne betta den em can i have sum of wat ur on cause if dats da case how come had a betta verse on forever,no love and drop da world killed lil waynes shit and eminem sells more been around longer and even game said if white boy came at him with a beef he wuld run cause white boys crazy i mean i like all of young money but idc combined 2pac biggie wayne drake jay-z nas kayne west lyrical skills 2gether dey still aint fucking with eminem at least not lyrtical wise

    • Anonymous

      U dickhead Tha Carter IV has only gone 2x platinum. Recovery 5 x Platinum u whore. So stop YMCMB is the best so go eat ur fucking dick

    • YADIG

      EM'S A FUCKIN CHUMP! WAYNE SHIT ON THAT WHITE BOI FROM 10,000 FEET IN THE AIR!! CARTER IV>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>EMINEM'S DISCOGRAPHY

  • YADIG

    IF BIGGIE AND 2PAC WERE ALIVE THEY'D BE TERRIFIED TO STEP TO WAYNE LYRICALLY OR OTHERWISE!!! SO OF COURSE AIN'T NOONE WORRIED ABOUT GAY ASS KANYE!!! EVERYONE SCARED OF WAYNE LYRICALLY

    • Real Talk

      Don't pay YADIG no mind his bitch ass has had a hard on for wayne since he saw his camel's toe in those leopard print tights at the MTV music awards. There isn't or hasn't been a single wayne album that has killed a EM, hell C4 couldn't beat relapse and that's EM's worst and wayne's "Best" He hasn't achieved anything in hip hop he hasn't hit the 50 million records sold spot, his rock album flopped, his album before C4 flopped, not a single album has reached diamond status, none of his album's has been critically praised by his peers or has been considered a classic etc, I could go on really. But what has wayne accomplished in hip hop besides most cameo's. Remember men lie women lie but numbers don't.

    • YADIG

      FUCK U NIGGA WAYNE IS ON ANOTHER LEVEL!! WEEZY IS ONLY 29 AND HE HAS MADE SO MANY ACHEIVEMENTS!! HE'S AN ICON

    • Yassin Aarabi

      not sure if trolling or most retarded person that has ever seen tha face of earth

  • Jimmy Xelo Belendez

    *Pat stay vs marvwon or arsonal

  • YADIG

    LIL WAYNE WILL LYRICALLY ANNIHILATE ANY RAPPER THAT STEPS TO HIM INCLUDING FAGGOT ASS COMMON!!

  • Jimmy Xelo Belendez

    Sooo.... im guessing common hasn't seen Hollow da don vs Big T, Hitman holla vs Arsonal, Dizaster vs swave sevah or dna , Pat stay vs Pat stay, Illmaculate vs thesaurus, Dna vs oun p, Calicoe vs yung ill , or yung ill vs tsu surf?...Common have some fuckin sense when u talk about a rap battle

    • Anonymous

      BOTH OF YOU HAVE A GOOD POINT. PEOPLE DON'T KNOW OF THEM GRINDTIME RAPPERS WHO IS NICE, STILL WAYNE/KANYE IS PPV LIKE PAC/MONEY MAY.

    • 1%

      Most people don't even know who those rappers are let alone would even care too see any of those battles. Ya they may be good battles but they wouldn't even be relevant news the next day let alone even mentioned. Were talkin big money heavy weights PPV type shit!

  • Anonymous

    AGAIN, Wayne versus Kanye, 30 minute set, PPV, online voting, 3 mil on the line, YOU WOULDN'T WATCH IT, COMMENT, TALK ABOUT IT? STOP LYING FYI this how the OGs used to battle, set for set and not diss for diss...and hail Kool Moe Dee for the 1st recorded diss battle versus Busy Bee. The movie Wild Style had the 1st recorded rap battle with the Cold Crush Bros verses The Fantastic 5. Google up and learn something.

  • bballslim42

    Kanye: I'm the Louis Vuitton Don, You rockin' Sean Jean (as he fixes his Michael Jackson jacket) Wayne: I'm hot like fire, and you should retire (Takes a puff off a blunt) Kanye: Mayonnaise colored benz i call it Miracle whip(Sends out a tweet) Wayne: Best Rapper Alive, Weezy please say the baby(Takes a drink of syrup) Kanye: You got baby money, i'm really half a billi Wayne:(Looks around confused) Wait, what the fuck were we doing?

  • YADIG

    YOUNG MONEY IS THE BEST LABEL TO REPRESENT MUSIC IN YEARS! ALL OF YA'LL ELITIST FUCKS CAN EAT A FAT DICK!!! YOUNG MONEY/CASH MONEY HAS A DIVERSE GROUP OF ARTISTS RANGING FROM HIP-HOP, ROCK, POP, & R&B. THEY'VE SOLD MILLIONS OF MUTHAFUCKING RECORDS AND YOU BITCH ASS FAGGOTS ARE TOO STUPID TO REALIZE THE GREATNESS!!!! YOUNG MONEY GOT 2012!!! IT MUST EAT AT YOUR FUCKIN SOULS THAT YOUNG MONEY IS ON TOP OF THE WORLD HUH?? SORRY THAT YOUR FAVORITE OLD HEAD RAPPERS (NAS, GAY-Z, FEMINEM) ARE ON THEIR WAY OUT THE DOOR!! LET THE YOUNG NIGGAS LIVE!!!!!! YOUUUUUNGGGG MOOOOOOLAAAH BABBBBBBBBYYYYYYYY!!!!!! WE DA BIZZNE$$ COMMON IS AN OLD HEAD PUT YOU TO SLEEP WITH HIS BORING ASS MUSIC NIGGA

    • YADIG

      UR A FAGGOT ASS NIGGA FOR REAL BRAH!!! UR A ELITIST FUCK WHO CAN'T GIVE PROPS WHEN THEY'RE DUE!! WAKE THE FUCK UP IT'S 2011 NIGGA!! U A BITTER ASS SORRY ASS STUCK IN THE 90'S ASS NIGGA HUH?! SMFH

    • Yassin Aarabi

      Ok, YOU'RE the most retarded person ever. EVER. I've seen mentaly handicapped people with a higher IQ than you, no lie.

  • YADIG

    YO LOOK AT THIS OL HEAD TALKIN LIKE WE GIVE A FUCK BOUT HIS GRANDPA ASS!! HE TRYNA DISS THE HOME DRAKE!! HE'S LUCKY DRAKE AINT LYRICALLY TEAR HIS ASS APART YET!!! YOUNG MONEY IS THE BEST!!

  • TEXAS

    NO THAT IS A GOOD IDEA YEAH THEY BOTH SUCK AT MUSIC BUT IT WOULD BE FUNNY TO HEAR WHAT DISS GETS SAID LIKE A WATCH THE THRONE CRACK OR SOME GAY JOKE(LIL WAYNE) I THINK COMMON SAID THAT BECAUSE JAY Z TO MUCH OF PUSSY TO RESPOND TO LIL WAYNE

  • the1%

    Enough with the bullshit of how someone else writes waynes shit. The biggest rappers in the game at the moment always catch the most hate. Everyone and there grandma have an opinion but the fact is these are some of the biggest artist in hiphop and seeing them rap battle would be proportional to the superbowl within our culture. Why have a epic battle between 2 rappers who aren't even well known, compared too 2 cultural icons with major influence on this genre & society overall.

    • anonymous

      Everyone and there momma would be talkin about regardless of how good u think the battle would be, I'd personally wanna see eminem and Jay z go at it. I've already heard nas and jays go at it, why pay 2 see the same movie twice lol

    • Anonymous

      umm the guy on the bottom is right what a lame battle

    • Anonymous

      Word. Hov and Nas will always be the greatest.

    • 905

      Have you read waynes album credits? There isn't one song where he's the only writer...

    • Robert ProfessorNumark Watts

      that don't make it a good battle son....now u could have Hov and Esco go one last round and see who would be the victor. I would pay 2 see that!

  • Joshua DangeRoom Lamb

    Come on Common that battle would be absolute garbage 2 rubbish mc's going at it. What absolute crap.

  • 1love

    lil wayne would need his ghost writer standing behind him telling him what to say

  • Anonymous

    this guy is losing touch wit hip hop. so you mean to tell me with all the mc's who can rap and have skills thats what u wanna see? waaaack!! and the award for lame opinion of the year goea to common no sense. yo i lose all respect for you on that simple ass shit. i dont know whos worse now you or kweli these days. p.s. how you make a song called sweet and not include yourself or kanye in the first place get a mirror and a grip on your hip hop knowledge

    • Anonymous

      but were talkin about the art of emceeing not the art of being popular if there is a battle going on you wanna the hear the beat at it not the most mainstream artist. mc's who actually paid dues in being a lyricist and killin the mic every time. those two are the candy section compared to real mc's-pharoahe monch vs chino xl or rass kass vs black thought. its your fault you dont know who these people are. stop waitin on mindless radio to make your argument on whos dope cuz its a world of hip hop out there you might wanna check for. juice vs invizble handz or jean grae vs tiye pheonix. battles with real merit and interest

    • Anonymous

      You people just don't get it. He named 2 top headliners to go for the crown and y'all STILL hate. Tell me you wouldn't wanna see that on PPV and comment on this very site when they posted the footage. YOU LYING if you said no. Y'all ain't NEVER going to be happy. It's shows.

    • Anonymous

      thats such an ice cream truck battle. what winner gets to come out the closet first? how about real battle from an mc level like elzhi vs planet asia or kurupt vs oh no or gza vs buckshot shit like that who cares about two weak ass rappers going at it but i guess common does. wayne and kanye lmfao at that play school shit

  • Anonymous

    Did somebody just say will smith is a good lyricist? Hip-hop is dead. And yeah every rapper has their share of bad lines but kanye's delivery, rhyme scheme, flow are all poor. Amazing artist tho. If i could pick a rap battle im feeling jay and nas. No idea if they can battle tho...

    • Robert ProfessorNumark Watts

      if Will really focused, he would write some shit! I remember his days when he battled up in Overbrook High and up 60th St.

  • lol

    That would be the worst rap battle ever,one incredibly overated rapper and another guy who can;t shut up about how great he is. Granted, Kanye West is an amazing artist, but i would hate to see him and that joke of an artist battle it would be lame and no one wants to hear them brag about how many bitches they fuck, how much money they have blah blah

  • RV

    Rick Ross Vs Slim Fast...lol

  • dazeone

    So basically he saying Drake and Kanye because you know who writes whatever Wayne writes that makes sense and before that it was Gilly DA Kid...Also to the dude below Tech 9 is a beast ....but give me Xzibit or LL against most cat including himself....Even Will Smith...the buble gum stuff that he made was to get paid...he had some old raw stuff with the voices of him and Jazzy Jeff that would get in allot of cats azz

  • HipHop

    Kanye is an all time great. Not many can fuck with his catalouge.

  • war22

    i swear the God...this rappers that are dope are riding Wayne's dick...i mean Nas holds Wayne down,Common 2,Busta Rhyme...do they even get paid to say shit like that...

  • Anonymous

    Underrated rapper? Hes an amazing artist but a terrible rapper! He actually said on wtt: ' So basically, Russell aint the only Russell Russell Brand, Russell Crow Zero Zero Zero Zero, a whole lot of 0s' ??? Wack.

  • Cedric Harris

    He don't wanna see Eminem, Jay-Z, or Nas....I think T.I. & Luda would give him a run for his money, real talk! Follow me at Cedric_Harris

  • Anonymous

    Kanye is one of the most underrated lyrcists of all time.

  • Heberpayy Sccori

    It's time to shut up... or nut up. Somebody tell this negro to quit rappin and wannabe actin.

Most Popular News

Most Discussed News