Common Says He Disagrees With Lord Jamar's White Rapper Comments

posted Wednesday July 09 ,2014 at 02:30PM CDT | 71 comments

Common Says He Disagrees With Lord Jamar's White Rapper Comments

Common speaks on Justin Bieber's past use of the n-word, says he doesn't think the singer was being demeaning.

While speaking on his character on the AMC television show “Hell On Wheels,” Chicago rapper Common, who plays newly-freed slave Elam Ferguson on the show, discussed matters of race in today’s society.

The Chi-Town lyricist even addressed comments Lord Jamar made last year about white artists being guests in Hip Hop. Common revealed that he disagrees with the comments Lord Jamar made and added that although Hip Hop was started by blacks and Latinos, it now serves as a bridge that connects people from different nationalities.

“I don’t agree with that…Obviously it’s a culture that started with black and Latinos,” he said. “We know where it came from. And we know the heart and soul of it is really about the struggle and like you don’t have to be from the ghetto or from a poor place to express Hip Hop. I always looked at Hip Hop as like ‘Man, this is how we express ourselves.’ In fact, I actually think it’s a bridge for people from different walks of life or different nationalities to come together…And Hip Hop has been a bridge for me to like connect with and really learn people from a different culture. White, some of my Latino friends. When I first went to New York I was hanging out with The Beatnuts. I’m like—‘I didn’t know that you could be Latino and look like me.’ You know what I’m saying? So, it’s like I got educated because of Hip Hop. And it’s been like a connecting force more than anything. I wouldn’t oust white culture or any other nationality saying that they not a part of Hip Hop or they guests in it.”

Common addressed another hot topic during his interview with Vlad TV as he commented on Canadian crooner Justin Bieber using the n-word in a past video. He says he hasn’t seen the video for himself, but feels that due to Bieber’s respect for black culture he likely wasn’t being demeaning with his use of the word.

“I was a little bit because I think that—I know how much Justin Bieber is—like he respects black culture,” Common said. “He surrounds himself with black people. So, I don’t think it was something that—To be honest I never even seen the tapes, but I got the feedback of it. But I don’t think it’s something that he was saying wholeheartedly to demean a black person. From what I—I didn’t see the tape, but from what I pick up I don’t think he—And if he did, he was in a place where he just didn’t know. Like he must have been raised in a place where he just didn’t know. Cause he obviously gravitated towards black culture. So, he has to have a certain amount of respect for it. For you to be a part of it and want to be a part of it.”

Ironically, Justin Bieber was one of a handful of artists Lord Jamar targeted in one of his conversations on black music. He stated that the singer was “leeching off black music” during an interview with Vlad TV in April.

“He’s leeching off black music,” Lord Jamar said while speaking on Bieber. “Like a lot of other white artists are doing. But listen to his whole sound. Listen to who he’s trying to appeal to and influence. He got that white fan base, but he’s making essentially black music.”



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  • SadDay4HH
    Dam Com, the list of light-skinned rappers I respect just got one-emcee shorter. Well if anyone still doubts the power of the dollar, just take a brief look at the history of Com's career from the beginning till the day this interview came out. Cats are scared shitless of losing their white massas approval and financial support. But at least now we know how to smoke em out.
    • Tyrone
      Who actually wants to live in an area where most of the residents are unemployed or living below the poverty line. Why would he jeopardize his livelihood by spewing some racist nonsense? Jamar is an idiot who only has bad things to say about white people. It's okay for him to do it but, when Bill O'reilly and his ilk do it you have a problem with it.
  • ericakodonnell
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  • Anonymous
    Lol Common got embraced by Hollywood and is scared of losing his white audience, therefore he'll say some flatout sellout shit like that
  • Anonymous
    A white rapper discovered Nas... MC Serch
    • Anonymous
      only cause he thought he could pimp him out and get rich off his hard work
  • anonymous
    White people are guests??? I love brand nubians first album but for him to say that shows he is a bitter old man now or just bitter LL COOL J said the beastie boys were one of the main reasons why rap became so popular in the mid 80's Paul's boutique was so ahead of its time - that was by beastie boys Paul C - who i imagine 95 % of so called rap heads wont even know about was white - was a mentor to large professor (who was a mentor to Dj premier), worked with Rakim, gandmaster caz, Ultramagnetic MC's. He did so much for hip hop in a short space time . Large professor's publishing company is called Paul sea productions. There is no space for racism in hip hop. Justin beiber isnt hip hop he maybe associated with pop rap but e aint hip hop.
    • Anonymous
      That still doesn't change that Hip Hop is another item that white America had tried to steal from the African American community. I might as well start doing Origami and say blacks run it and invented it lol
    • Serbia
      "Hip-hop is the voice of this generation. Even if you didn't grow up in the Bronx in the '70s, hip-hop is there for you. It has become a powerful force. Hip-hop binds all of these people, all of these nationalities, all over the world together." DJ Kool Herc
  • Klone Killa
    Whatever Com. Anyone (especially black) who thinks white people aren't pro white in anything they touch is fucking blind or an uncle tom (common).
  • Jaks
    I used to love HIM
  • Dntgve2
    Common is in that lane now. Of course he's going to sit comfortably and say things to ease his patrons' guilt. As for the Lord Jamar backlash, I don't think there is any. If you look at the places the critiques are coming from, these are either folks who are on the same ish as Common, or folks who can't understand what Jamar is saying. The message Jamar is saying is true and should always be true. If you have no understanding of culture and history, fine. But you will know that you speak English because of the same sentiments that Lord Jamar has, being put into force by the same folks everyone's trying to keep from feeling uncomfortable. Now go get your shinebox.
    • gr
      Ok... we get it...
    • Anonymous
      the lane of having a relevant career?
    • The cLAP
      No, the lane of the scared black man.
    • Anonymous
      "Common is in that lane now. Of course he's going to sit comfortably and say things to ease his patrons' guilt. As for the Lord Jamar backlash, I don't think there is any. If you look at the places the critiques are coming from, these are either folks who are on the same ish as Common, or folks who can't understand what Jamar is saying." THIS.
  • Anonymous
    Meanwhile Fat Trel's baby moma is airing the shit outta him on twitter, DX should write a piece on her
    • DrebinSlevin
      What the fuck do you think this is? MedieTakeOut?
  • Either U Pro Black Or U Not, Son
    "i dont watch the bulls as much, they got too many white boyz" "It's a Jungle out there but I'm never Fever-in for them white hos" "I'm a ho but not a ho nigga" (LMAO nah son u just a faggot) And now he's pushing that Kumbaya agenda, while trying to white wash black/brown people away of hip hop smh
    • Sensaye Sixkiller
      He said that shit 20 years ago man. People can grow and evolve, you should try it. Getting older and wiser doesn't mean you 'sold out', it means you grew up asshole.
  • Man of Ice
    What's jacked up in the case of the whole "hood-acting suburbanite kid" is, when they enter into a relationship with some 'hood folk, the 'hood types don't expose them to "black culture" via anything balanced, like a black history museum, or black culture biography books and dramatic films. They take them to the g-damn strip club, teach them to say "ghetto" phrases and jokes, and that becomes the equivalent of a cross-cultural exchange. They only expose them to the most egregiously ratchet aspects of the culture. Ridiculous!
    • Anonymous
      stop it with the f#ckboy tactics. Been reported usher sat justin down and showed him slavery news and videos. Most, and I aint saying all, just wanna be down and they just fronting on the internet. Those who actually have experience and been thru the checkpoints know the deal.
    • Anonymous
      I agree with OP
  • Anonymous
    Bitch ass nigga get ya money and do ya best to make white folks feel comfy.
  • Anonymous
    Start working at home with Google! Its by-far the best job Ive had. Last Wednesday I got a brand new BMW since getting a check for $6474 this - 4 weeks past. I began this 8-months ago and immediately was bringing home at least $77 per hour. I work through this link, go to tech tab for work detail,,,,,,, www.jobs73.com
  • LORDEharderthanLORD-J
    Lord J burning down that bridge common mentions. HHDX if this isnt enough proof to stop running Lord Fail articles than I dont know what is...
  • TRE
    Hell On Wheels is a good ass show i recommend it. AMC always holds it down
  • zzz
    drake killed your career who cares what you say
    • zzzz
      your an idiot
    • Anonymous
      haha, what bullshit you spit out of your mouth
    • Anonymous
      drake didn't kill his career... Erykah Badu did
  • Anonymous
    Jamar just got bodied by a dude who never went platinum.
    • Anonymosu
      Jamar got bodied when he started giving his opinions