After hitting a few release bumps, Common finally dropped his ninth album The Dreamer, The Believer, which impacted last Tuesday. But what fans were mostly focused on were his various beefs, namely with Dr. Maya Angelou and Drake. Speaking of, Drizzy’s producer Noah “40 Shebib spoke out on his behalf, while the Young Money rapper broke his silence on that infamous forehead tattoo an overzealous fan got of his name. Finally, HipHopDX unveiled its 2011 Year End Awards, with Kendrick Lamar, Action Bronson and more taking top honors.

Common Beefs With Dr. Maya Angelou & Drake, Releases The Dreamer, The Believer

This week, Common finally released his ninth studio album The Dreamer, The Believer, which was produced solely by No I.D. But Com was making headlines this week for various beefs, the first of which occurred when Dr. Maya Angelou said that she was disappointed that he used the N-word on their collaborative track, “The Dreamer.” Though the two patched up their differences, the Chicago, Illinois native admitted that his angsty track “Sweet” was directed towards Drake. The Young Money rapper is yet to speak on the matter.

Drake Comments On Fan’s Forehead Tattoo

Drake broke his silence this week on a woman who got his name tattooed across her forehead. While he supported the woman’s decision, he had some choice words for the tattoo artist, who had previously given an interview slamming her for her tat. Additionally, producer Noah “40” Shebib took to Twitter to respond to Common’s diss track “Sweet,” tweeting, “I remember being called a bitch in grade 9 cause I had your cd. Good thing I also had 456 by kool g rap on me. Now that’s real ;).” No word on Common’s end in response the comments.

HipHopDX Unveils Its 2011 Year End Awards

One of our biggest news stories of the week was the 2011 HipHopDX’s Year End Awards, where every member of the DX team submitted a few choices for their favorite picks of the year. Tech N9ne reigned with Emcee of the Year, while Common was awarded Comeback of the Year. Other winners included Action Bronson, Frank Ocean and Lupe Fiasco (for Most Disappointing Album of the Year, Lasers), but the real victor was Kendrick Lamar, whose excellent digital album Section.80 got enough votes to score the title. Additionally, DX published its Top 10 Mixtapes of 2011, which can be viewed here.

Other items of note:

– Young Buck Could Lose His Rap Name In Liquidation, Almost Signed To Cash Money

– Rapper Young Vito Named As Suspect In Slim Dunkin’s Murder

– David Banner Responds To V-Nasty Diss

– Tyler, The Creator Arrested In Hollywood, California