Common Remembers Maya Angelou's Life, Stories She Told Him About Tupac

Common recently reflected on Maya Angelou's life and recalled stories she told him about Tupac.

On May 28 of this year Maya Angelou passed away leaving her words to be set in stone forever. A poet himself, Common had a known relationship with the late writer and recently touched on it.

Sitting down recently with Hard Knock TV, the Chicago native talked about meeting Angelou and some of his fondest memories of her.

"Man it was like one of those things where I was doing an event, a benefit and they had a poet that was supposed to be a part of the benefit and the poet cancelled at the last minute," Common recalled when asked about Maya Angelou's legacy. "My mother was like, 'Why don't we try to get Maya Angelou?' And I was like, 'What? You crazy. Get Maya Angelou what are you talking about?' Somebody from the team got in touch with Maya Angelou's people. Maya Angelou didn't really know who Common was I don't think. Maybe her grandson eventually said, 'Look, Common is there.' I went and met with her and it was like we just connected and she could feel I was sincere about what I do and putting positive vibrations out there. I got to know her very well."

Common continued about Maya and remembered the time she told him about the time she met Tupac. It was a rough start for that relationship as she attempted to teach him a lesson on how he carried himself.

"We talked about Tupac," Common said. "She always told this story about how it was this guy on the movie set she was doing called Poetic Justice and she heard all this cussing and stuff and it's wild like craziness and she went and pulled the man aside and it was Tupac, saying like, 'Hey, young man you shouldn't be speaking like that' and he calmed down and respected her so she had a relationship with Tupac from working on the film and we talked about how powerful he was and just how influential he was... Talking to her just connected the dots about how the movement of people would be if we unified... I learned a lot from her, she did my foundation event, I would go down to her birthday parties and I got to say it is a tough loss but her spirit will always be here with us, her words will always live."

Finally, Common touched on his rumored collaborative album with Nas and said they haven't "moved" on the project. He explained that he doesn't "think it'll happen anytime soon" but would really love to do it in the future.

Maya Angelou passed away in late May with no cause of death immediately determined.

Watch the interview segment below: 

RELATED: Common Honors Maya Angelou Following Poet's Passing



  • Anonymous

    Jeez, what is this all about??? A rapper talks about a conversation he had with the most incredible person ever to grace this planet and all this hate...

  • zach

    Ah, the superiority complex. It's like a zoo in here watching all you bicker over shit that doesn't really matter. Worry about your own life, not others. If you really think the colour of your skin has an affect on woman being attracted to you....go home and rethink your life....letting that shit get to your head will only hold you back because it's bullshit, first of all.

    • Anonymous

      You are right. Trouble is, with Common, it is more than just light skin, there is something about his persona; I think it's strength that comes out from him which makes him extremely attractive!

  • Anonymous

    To the folks at DX, instead of blocking folks who have something to say, you need to filter out the idiots/retarded/E-bro-types who have nothing constructive to say. This story has a message and it is lost on these poseurs.

  • Anonymous

    2pac is most ovverated rapper ever and most contradicting person ever

  • Anonymous

    Who is 2Pac? I didn't know 90s had rappers

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  • Michael

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  • Anonymous

    I refuse to respect lightskinned black men.

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    • chad fiddes

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    • Anonymous

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    • Xavier

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    • Anonymous

      only klansmen and 5 percenters are attracted to black pussy. white boys like asian. black niggas love white girls. asian men have their cartoon porn shit w blue hair so do that class as asian or no?

    • Anonymous

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    • Anonymous

      personally i would say light skinned niggas have a harder time BECAUSE most black women are attracted to them. dont nobody want those she-devil heifers on they case all the time with they self delusion righteousness. just read nicki minaj or kamille leai tweets. thats how the typical emotionally damaged black women thinks .now imagine those tweets in ur text msg inbox on the daily because u talked to a white girl

    • Anonymous

      the two comedian whiteboys posting before me are watering down a very real topic that OP is trying to comment on. fuck outta here wit yall jokes. yall white face circus clowns.

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    • Anonymous

      I'm a light skinned nigga and the fact that all darkie women are obsessed with me (when they aint yet upgraded to white dick cuz of community pressuring them to stay in the race) still don't make up for the harder realities we face over you black skin evil devil mother fuckers. So next time you say us yellows are gettin outta place you better check yaself fam.

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