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Common & Ice Cube Celebrate Unity With Song “Real People”

UPDATE: Ice Cube and Common have released a video to the song. Watch it above!

Time heals many wounds, especially in the case of rapper/actors Ice Cube and Common. Twenty years ago the two were engaged in a back and forth lyrical feud sparked by Common’s lyrics on 1994’s “I Used To Love H.E.R.” In the love letter to hip-hop he spoke of the art form like a sentient former lover who used to call him on his cellphone and hadn’t been the same since she left the city. Lines like “She broke out to the West Coast, and that was cool…” and “I wasn’t salty she was with the boys in the hood” were overshadowed by perceived slights like “telling me sad stories, now she only fucks with the funk,” drawing the ire of Ice Cube and his companions in West Side Connection. So they retaliated on 1995’s “West Side Slaughterhouse” spitting, “Used to lover her, mad cause we fucked her, Pussy whipped bitch with no Common Sense.” Common answered naming names on 1996’s “The Bitch In Yoo,” ironically telling Cube that he should quit rap and stick to acting. All of this fanned the flames of the “East vs West” rap beef, but was thankfully squashed via meeting with Minister Louis Farrakhan in 1997 after the deaths of Tupac and Biggie.

Over the years Ice Cube and Common have each made inroads to Hollywood and rumors began to circulate that they’d like to work together some day. That speculation became reality when Common signed on to appear in the third installment of Ice Cube’s “Barbershop” series, which is set in Chicago. As one of the central themes in the film is the escalating gun violence in the Windy City, it only seemed right that two former foes united to record a song for the film’s soundtrack. Ahead of the April 15th release of “Barbershop: The Next Cut,” they have dropped the track “Real People,” and spoke with Complex about squashing their beef.

“We were always fans of each other from afar,” Ice Cube told Complex. “Our beef was over a misunderstanding. It was cool for us to sit down, talk to each other, and work that out as men.”

In the track Common spits:

It’s a good a day when it’s me and O’Shea, It’s like the times we cheered for O.J./ I say Mike, you say Ko-be, But ain’t no more beef, I put that on Chief…/Glad Farrakan prepared us to meet
Now me and bro bringing meals to the meek

Listen to the song and watch the clip below. The video is above.


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