Maya Angelou has some choice words for her former collab partner.
Common’s new album, “The Dreamer, The Believer” features a poem written and recited by the legendary poet. But she performed it not knowing that Common uses that dreaded word. So, clearly Maya doesn’t listen to Hip-Hop or something.
“I had no idea that Common was using the piece we had done together on [a track] in which he also used the ‘N’ word numerous times,” Angelou said.
Angelou said she never knew Common used the “N” bomb at all, calling it “vulgar and dangerous” to the black community.
“I’m surprised and disappointed. I don’t know why he chose to do that. I had never heard him use that [word] before. I admired him so because he wasn’t singing the line of least resistance.”
Common tried to squash the squabble, insisting that he’s spoken with Angelou about his use of the “N” word — and claiming they have agreed to disagree.
“She knows I do use the word,” he told The Post. “She knows that’s part of me.”
But he admitted he never bothered to tell her he’d be using the word on the track she worked on.
“I told her what ‘The Dreamer’ was about and what I wanted to get across to people,” he says. “I wanted young people to hear this and feel like they could really accomplish their dreams.”
So who’s to blame? Should Maya have asked to listen to the song before it got released or should Common have told her? It’s kind of Maya’s fault for not asking to hear his lyrics. But it’s also Common’s for throwing a bunch of N bombs on a track with Maya Angelou. We just hope this means she drops a diss poem for the ages.
Don’t ride against Maya Angeezy!