Twenty years ago, this type of collaboration would have never happen.
Following what’s now recognized as one of the best hip hop songs of all time, “I Used to Love H.E.R,” Ice Cube took Common to task for a perceived slight, releasing “Westside Slaughterhouse” alongside Mack 10 and WC (as the Westside Connection).
Common responded in kind with “The B*tch in Yoo,” which ironically is considered one of the best diss tracks of all time, and the two went back and forth throughout the majority of the Nineties.
Ice Cube and Common had a beef in the ’90s, and now they lay it to rest on the new song “Real People.”
“Me and that ni**ga, yeah, we used to bring the funk,”
“Now we got love and respect.”
But the song takes on a greater perspective when it demands change in violence and addiction.
“I remember when we used to hate them drugs,”
“Now we can’t rap without being fucked up / High in the club, but you sound like a drunk.”
Then Common takes over,
“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”
“I think we’ve been fans of each other from afar,”
Ice Cube said in a new Complex interview.
“Our beef happened because of a misunderstanding.
It was cool for us to sit down, talk to each other, and work that out as men.”
Barbershop: The Next Cut, the third installment of Ice Cube’s Barbershop film series, hits theaters in April 15 co-stars Nicki Minaj, Eve, Anthony Anderson, and Tyga.