The Hip Hop Week In Review: Drake Gives Common The Silent Treatment, BET Bans Barbie

Drake lets fans know he's not responding to Common, Erick Sermon reveals he missed the boat on The Notorious B.I.G., and K'Naan tells Mitt Romney not to wave his flag.

This week was defined by the tragic death of a music icon, several arrests and a blockbuster video banned from BET. In between those headlines, a rapper told a Presidential candidate not to use his use (and the candidate listened), a high-profile beef went passive, and a music icon regaled HipHopDX with his stories and insights. 

Drake Says He Will Not Reply To Common's "Stay Schemin'" Verse

Hip Hop has long celebrated the competitive spirit, from Busy Bee and Kool Moe Dee, through to Jay-Z and Nas. Battles and beefs may have gotten synonymous, but fans still look for a nice demonstration before deciding on a victor. This week, platinum superstar Drake told NahRight.com's Nation that he will not be responding to Common's "Stay Schemin'" verse. The pair have driven headlines for the first full month of 2012 with a beef over music, and perhaps a woman in Serena Williams. Eager listeners and fans of each artist were let down as battle prospects seem to have been tossed aside with Drake's decision to stay silent on the mic - despite recording new music. "Despite how it’s been worded by him that situation is not a ‘Hip Hop moment’ or a ‘battle for the sake of musical integrity’…it’s a ploy for attention around the release of an album," explained Drake. Read the full story here.

BET Says No "Stupid Hoe"

Another YMCMB artist, Nicki Minaj, hit a road-block this week with her "Stupid Hoe" video. Black Entertainment Television told the Queens, New York native no to her Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded single visual - according to TMZ, anyway. The video cracked a VEVO record, though it's reportedly "too explicit." Watch the video and read the full story here.

Erick Sermon Says No More EPMD Music, Recalls Nearly Signing Biggie

HipHopDX ran two power-house features this week. One from Bounce pioneer and longtime Cash Money hit-maker Mannie Fresh. The other was from another producer/emcee, a Long Island legend in EPMD's Erick Sermon. E-Dubb revealed that he and PMD (a/k/a Parrish Smith) are no longer making music. Before this starts to sound like the umteenth EPMD break-up (although Das Efx is reportedly on the outs), the pair remains active in performing, and bringing their Hit Squad and Def Squad along with them. 

The Green-Eyed Bandit did drop DX this early '90s tidbit, "I coulda [signed The Notorious B.I.G.]. Biggie Smalls came to my office with my ex-best friend. He brought him to me, but I ain’t hear him though. I guess I wasn’t paying attention. And then after that Biggie Smalls came to my video shoot for “Hittin’ Switches” and stayed there all day with Puffy, ‘cause Puffy shot “Hittin’ Switches” with Hype Williams. That was Hype Williams’ first video. And then they sat there and Biggie Smalls was telling a girl named Tracy Waples 'I need to get on Erick Sermon’s album.' And then in the last Rap Pages [interview with Big before he was murdered], they asked him a question: “So, who you wanna be like when you get up there?” And he says, 'Erick Sermon.'"

Erick did mention his desire to an album with DJ Quik. That's an idea we can get behind! Read the full jaw-dropper here.

Other items of note:

- Don Cornelius Dead At 75 From Apparent Suicide

- Elephant Man Arrested On Sexual Assault Charges

- Rick Ross Speaks On Pill's Departure From MMG, Wishes Rapper "Success"

- K'Naan Wins A Battle Against Mitt Romney

- Cory Gunz Faces Three-And-A-Half Years In Prison For Gun Charge

- Dr. Dre Gives Rick Ross A Six-Figure Watch

64 Comments

  • Stacey

    I'm female and I used to see it for Drake. Now i can't even take him seriously as an MC. Nothing kills the sexy as quickly as coward moves. #TeamCommon all day

  • wishworks

    yo whoever is taking down post, is a bitch, Yall Canadian bacon mc drake is wack. He lost get over it. The best rap import that came from the t.o. Kardnal official. REAL RAP

  • Riggity Ree

    Being as though Drake's latest album is softer than some charmin...it would've done him good to continue with this battle..I swear Drake has lady parts....

  • j

    -----lil girl pharell is---- a feminine corporate whore on some generic cornball shit. shallow status seeking, power ----hungry, ladder climbing, pretty boy conformist low life, decadent. elitist wannabee chump--

  • kILLA

    WORD UP! G.O.A.T GAYEST OF ALL TIME

  • 4 Real

    Drake is such a bitch. He should go back to playing a retard in a wheelchair. That suited him better. Rich Jewish kid from Canada playing gangster, but can't even respond to a rhyme battle. Softest punk mc in history. Vanilla Ice would wipe him in a battle.

  • Anonymous

    Lmao damn anyone talk about the other shit that happened last week. That nigga drake just catching hell from niggas lol. Yessir face it this was about skills and drakes was put to the test. And he failed. The mid needs to step his pen game up. That mediocre rapping is only flying with kiddies that's why they like ymcmb and brick squad. Common is lyrically superior to drake. And that's that.

    • YESSIR SUCKS DICK

      LOL U MAD, SON? UR BOY DRAKE HAD NIGGAS SHITIN' ON HIM. LOOKIN LIKE SOME BITCH ASS NIGGA. YMCMB STAY TAKING L'S! HA HA!

    • YESSIR

      IT WAS ABOUT ALBUM SALES AND DRAKE FUCKING SERENA IF IT WAS ABOUT SKILLS HE WOULD NOT BE DOING THIS SHIT WHEN HIS ALBUM DROPPED. HE ADMITS HE LIKES DRAKES MUSIC. LONNIE IS THE SAME NIGGA THAT WAS OUTSIDE ERIKA BADU WINDOW WITH SIGNS NIGGA THIS NIGGA COMMON IS A BITCH NIGGA. WHY WAS COMMON STAY SCHEMIN DISS SO DAMN WEAK WERE WAS THE LYRICS THEN NIGGA

  • war22

    silent treatment ?? its more like "I should shut the fuck up before Common puts another diss and this time harder then before" or " I dont know how to make diss records,i only know how to be a soft dude shaking my hand in the air like im sayin Bye Bye"

  • Anonymous

    i thought only women dide give the silent treatment, i think drake is bitch and cant compete with common.

  • So Icy Boi

    COMMON WON!! FUCK DRAKE'S DISNEY CHANNEL ACTING ASS

  • Anonymous

    reading some comments here i believe that HipHop is dead

  • YESSIR

    HEY COMMON, GOD FORGIVES WHY WONCHA???LULZ DRAKE FO LAIFE!!

  • RTJ00

    The silent treatment? Like Common is getting played? Drakes the one making himself look more like a bitch! People are so fucking fake now a days its sad. Fuck Drake and his hoe music!

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  • jr88

    i guess the new gangster is wearing girl cloths and having alot of tats...lol

  • jr88

    i remember when you had to be living in an actual hood not know sombody from the hood, i remember when you had to have a drug dealing past not smoke a roach and think your the biggest drug dealer from miami, i remember you had to take some bullets or fire a gun not watch a couple of gangster flicks to be considered gangster....smh

  • DiceTRAKZ

    Who didnt see this comin?? Drake aint no battle rapper 1st off...his crew wasnt gon back him 2nd off....he had no choice but to fall back. He knew better than to fuck with a real mc.

    • DiceTRAKZ

      Birdman didnt say he would get involved, all he said was he basically support whatever drake does. And drake and his producer (40) were fans of common, soooooo......???? Face it, drake is a soft dude, he aint built for war on any level. There aint one artist on young money roster that can take on common. Not be in disrespectful, but those is jus facts.

    • YESSIR

      BIRDMAN SAID HE WAS READY. COMMON SAID HE LIKED DRAKES MUSIC COMMON LOST

  • YESSIR

    FUCK ALL THESE FAKES, I'M THE REAL DEAL! DRAKE IF YOU READ THIS, WHY DONT YOU RETURN MY CALLS. WHY YOU BEIN ALL UP EMOTIONAL AND SWEET ABOUT THE FACT THAT I SUCKED WAYNE TOO

  • CaliKidd

    Drake a bitch for that. I like his music but thats some weak shit, he knew common would chew his ass

  • jurrell

    i hate that drake said he wouldnt reply that killed what credibility he had left common isnt hard he does commercials for the gap and shit so their in the same league IMAGE wise both are looked as nice guys but common is a better lyricist i guess i dont listen to common his reply wasnt better then drakes on rick ross song but yea drake should have did a few diss songs then said hey were both grown lets end this but he made a diss song then common made one and then drake said enough? that was stupid maybe he did the right thing career wise because if common would have won this beef drake wudnt be able to show his face anywhere so at least this way he went on his own terms but come on one more diss track wud have made me happy

  • YESSIR

    LOL HOW YALL GON SAY MY BOO DRIZZY DRAKE IS SOFT? THIS THE NIGGA WHO MANAGED TO HIT THE STUDIO TODAY WITHOUT HIS DAILY MORNING BODY SCRUB. THIS THE NIGGA WHO MANAGED TO NURSE MY PET HAMSTER BACK TO HEALTH N SHIT N GOT ME BACK ON GOOD TERMS WIT MAH MANS. THAS SOME REAL NIGGA SHIT. DRIZZY GON CATCH BODIES N COMMOM JUST CANT HANDLE THAT SHIT. I JUST WISH DRIZZY WOULD TALK TO ME MORE THOUGH. MATTER FACT NO ONE FROM YMCMB BEEN CALLIN ME BACK. I SWEAR THEY WAS GONNA WELCOME ME WIT SOME OPEN ARMS BUT NOW WHEN I CATCH DRIZZY IN PUBLIC HE STARTIN RUNNIN RED LIGHTS N SHIT AVOIDIN ME. BUT NAHH HE JUST BUSY LIKE THAT. HE A BOSS N ALL THAT.

  • Anonymous

    Drake can take 9 in the chest like 50. Niggas out in the hood and in the projects need to pay homage to the new hood general drizzy drake or get stomped out by drizzy himself.

  • YESSIR

    LMAOOOOO COMMON SHOULD JUST RETIRE IF HIS BROKE ASS CAN. DRIZZY NEEDS TO RETURN MY CALLS THOUGH. MY BOO PROMISED ME I'D BE PART OF OVOXO BY NOW. MAYBE THEY JUST FORGOT OR MAYBE THEY BUSY. I MEAN I ALREADY QUIT MY JOB AS MY LOCAL SALON'S HAIRDRESSER N SHIT SO PLEASE CALL ME BACK DRIZZY. OH AND LMAOOOOOO AT COMMON. 3 LETTERS: YMCMB

  • YESSIR

    YALL NIGGAS SAY DRAKE SOFT? IF DRAKE SO SOFT WHY THIS BITCH NIGGA COMMON SAYING IT JUST RAP? DRAKE SAID "YOU LIKE THE FINISH LINE WE CANT WAIT TO RUN INTO YOU" COMMON TRY THE TEAM NIGGA. YOU AINT BUILT LIKE THAT COMMON. WHAT COMMON GOING TO DO CALL KANYE AND BIG SEAN LMAO. DRAKE GOT THEM TORONTO GOONS YOU SAW IN HEADLINES VIDEO DRAKE GOT THEM BLOODS WITH BIRDMAN.

    • BIG FACE ITALY

      Did you know that Birdman pays big time so he can rock the colour red, him and Wayne do pay some big bucks to be bloods. Understand these street economics. Its not like they earned it, nah they still be payin 4 that shit.

  • Anonymous

    LOL first luda now common lol

  • Barghest

    C'mon Drake, the beef would've helped IMMENSELY. I mean, that competitiveness is what's gonna make your lyrics and delivery better. Its gonna get you more fans and more respect from the "anti-radio" hip hop fans. I'd actually listen to you if you fought back.

  • FUCK YESSIR

    Drake is a pussy. Common won.

  • Anonymous

    (WARNING*****Ignorant comment*****)I just wanted to take the time out to say HHDX was kinda better when it was all green and shit

  • Anonymous

    Drake softer than my girls blankets

  • Anonymous

    Yo' This John Gutta first off drake say'n he can kill any rap artist Lyricly what is he smoken, I like to see him say that to Krs one, nas, rakim,twista,eminem which all them kats would destroy him on the stage I think he smoken the same stuff wayne was smoken when he said he was better then tupac then he kiss baby yo aka not real nigga shit

  • Lil Pooh

    Drake got the whole rap game shook, after defeating common other Nigguhs starting to realize drake can't be fukd with. Everyone knows this. Even Eminem knows better than to go at drake. That would be career suicide

    • Anonymous

      do niggas just not understand the concept of trolling? im like amazed at how dull you niggas are for even responding to such blatant sarcasm.

    • henry

      lmaooo good trollin, bruh

    • GT

      Lil Pooh, you have baby pooh for brains. How old are you? Are you still in band class playing the clarinet? Get outta here, lil buddy.

    • ianhiphop

      I hope you're kidding. Drake threw in the towel and lost because he knew who he was up against. And niggas will continue to go at Drake, no matter what. BTW Eminem would lyrically destroy Drake and his career (Em) will be ok.

  • Anonymous

    Drake look hard in that pic!! Drake a straight up G..

  • Anonymous

    the silent treatment? maybe the I TOOK THE L treatment

  • Anonymous

    Nigga common just let that shit go because he knows drake can't hang with him. And the shit wasnt about sells, drake said he would kill any rapper lyricaly not sell wise, and got killed. Drake sells more records but when it comes to lyrics coms got the belt. Oh yes and ransom got out I wish drizzy would say something about him. Fuck sales talk. Rans would kill him worst than common did.

  • YESSSIR

    The drake - To involve yourself in beef's not concerning you, (i.e Nicki,Lil Wayne) but stay silent when it is your own

  • Anonymous

    the silent treatment? lol i didnt know we were in still in elementary school haha

  • YESSIR

    DRAKE WINS LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO COMMON ALREADY ADMITTED HE LIKED DRAKES MUSIC WHICH PROVES HE ONLY WENT AT DRAKE FOR SALES. DRAKE ALSO USED COMMON BITCH AS A CUM RAG. DRAKE HAD BETTER LINES ON STAY SCHEMIN THEN COMMON HAD ON IS BITCH MADE REMIX. COMMON GO BACK TO GAP COMMERCIAL AND KISSING DIKE BITCH NIGGA. OVOXO YMCMB

    • 2Real

      *wasn't made for Drake specifically*

    • 2Real

      Com said Drake had talent & some of his music was cool. He just didn't want to sound like a hater cuz he aint. the only reason he scalped drake is cuz drake ran his mouth like he was gonna do something. "Sweet" was made for Drake specifically.

    • GT

      Look who it is... it's yessir, the kid with the diznik in his mouth. Everyone, don't pay yessir any attention, he's just a lil slow.

    • Quit Playin' Yourself

      I'm gonna assume you're still in high school. Drake likes to play the game of takin' shots in the dark until he's shot himself. He wins? That nigga quit, and he wasn't even ahead. He took the L like he should have, this nigga lyrically doesn't have a leg to stand on. He gets by on singin' to bitched and boasting shit with the rest of YMCMB. His music is alright if you just listening for fun but hardly anybody above the age of 24 takes this nigga seriously on a lyrical level. Better lines my ass. Sit down.

  • KJ

    Wise decision, Aubrey. Com already sonned this faggot

    • 2Real

      AsiaJ: you are a dumbass. This Drake diss is a blip on Common's radar just like his battles with Ice Cube. People in the mainstream know Common for movies anyway and hip hop heads know if for his lyricism. Get a clue!

    • Skeptikz

      "The law of no response only works when you don't open your mouth first" ^ Exactly! @AsiaJ - Anyone who remembers Common for that verse over his 'illustrious 20 yr rap career' doesn't know their hip hop...

    • anonymous

      @YESSIR what about Lil Wayne when he dropped subliminals?

    • YESSIR

      U AINT SAY THAT SHIT WHEN JAY Z SEND SUBLIMINALS

    • reallytho?

      yea but atleast com came direct. that bitch aubrey couldn't drop a name but when he gets checked he shuts his mouth. Just like the kobe line, just like the tattoo artist incident, just like everything that comes out of this bitches mouth. The law of no response only works when you don't open your mouth first. pussy

    • AsiaJ

      Yeah, but it's too bad your boy will be remembered more for his empty diss song toward Drake than his illustrious 20 yr rap career, so who loses?

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