Common Says His Rap Beef w/Ice Cube Almost Escalated After They Had A Confrontation: ‘I Was Like Man, This Might Get Ugly’

Common, Ice Cube

Common Says His Rap Beef w/Ice Cube Almost Escalated After They Had A Confrontation: ‘I Was Like Man, This Might Get Ugly’

Rap star Common is reflecting on his ‘90s beef with fellow musician Ice Cube.

The Chicago native recently suggested that things nearly took a violent turn between the two after a “conversation” they had caused tensions to rise.

Common, Ice Cube

Common, real name Lonnie Rashid Lynn, spoke about the matter during a recent appearance on retired NBA star Carmelo Anthony and The Kid Mero’s podcast 7PM in Brooklyn. The “Testify” rapper explained that he decided to engage in a feud with Ice Cube, real name O’Shea Jackson Sr., because he felt the need to defend himself. He went on to describe how the situation almost went beyond the music, stating:

“Ultimately, I felt good that we kept it on wax. It was getting to that point with me and Cube, because they was looking at me like, ‘Oh, Common’s just the backpack dude.’”


He continued:

“But then we had a little confrontation in Atlanta and this was like ’95 where — and like I said, me and Cube, it’s all love now — but at that point we had a little confrontation and I was like, ‘Man, this might get ugly.’”

Common went on to highlight the fact that this was happening around the same time rap legends Tupac and Biggie Smalls were murdered over their rap beef, both of which who were shot to death in 1996 and 1997 respectively. However, Common says they avoided physical conflict with the help of Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan. He stated:

“And thank God for Minister Farrakhan ‘cause at that time, Biggie had just passed, obviously ‘Pac had passed before him and it was just like, ‘Man, you don’t know who going to do what.’”

The report notes that Ice Cube was a member of the Nation of Islam at the time, and that Minister Louis Farrakhan hosted a sit down for Common and Ice Cube that was attended by other notable rap stars such as Snoop Dogg, Bone Thugs-N-HarmonyNate DoggChuck D, and more.

Minister Louis Farrakhan

Ice Cube and Common’s beef first sparked after the Friday creator took issue with Common rapping on his 1994 song “I Used to Love H.E.R.“:

“I wasn’t salty she was with them Boyz N the Hood.”

In response, Ice Cube dropped a diss towards Common on Mack 10’s “Westside Slaughterhouse”, prompting Common to retaliate on the iconic diss song “The B**ch In Yoo.”


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Authored by: Kay Johnson