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Common and Q-Tip’s supergroup The Standard may have a new member. According to XXL, Nas may be the newest member of the all-star rap group.
The duo is apparently interested in adding another MC to the crew. It has to be confirmed, but Nas, who has previously collaborated with both artists, is reportedly interested. The Standard formed back in 2007, but have not actually released any music. Both artists have been working on solo material– Common recently released a new disc and Q-Tip is working on his next effort.
The NBA All-Star festivities will be underway next weekend in Orlando and if you think it’s all about basketball, you’re wrong. Pitbull, Mary J. Blige, Nicki Minaj, Ne-Yo, will.i.am and Flo Rida will all be performing through the weekend.
Pitbull and Ne-Yo are teaming up for the NBA All-Star Game’s halftime show. The pair will perform their single “Give Me Everything” and have promised that “special guest performers” will be involved. Last year this slot was given to Rihanna, who brought out Drake and Kanye West.
The musician refused to elaborate on his lyrical jabs, noting, “I feel like I said everything I really needed to say on the record. I just looked at it as like `Hey, it’s just a hip-hop battle.’” He added, “The time to talk is on record as far as I’m concerned. If we in the ring, then we just handle our business in the ring.”
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We never took Common or Drake to be the sort of rappers to be beefing
with one another, but thanks to lyrics in one of Common’s new songs
“Sweet” off his new album The Dreamer, The Believer, a battle
has ensued between the two MCs. The argument stems from portions of the
famed Chicago rapper’s new song in which he essentially calls out other
rappers that he deems to be “soft.” And seeing as he references rapper’s
who sing, (Some hoes ass niggas/Singing all around me man, la la la/You
aint muthaf-cking Frank Sinatra/Uh, lil bitch), of which Drake is
currently the most popular, the Young Money rapper took exception.
Now, Drizzy’s producer, Noah “40″ Shebib, has fired back at Common through a series of tweets. Two days ago, 40 tweeted,
“@common, I remember being called a b***h in grade 9 cause I had your
cd. Good thing I also had 456 by kool g rap on me. Now that’s real ;).”
However, shortly after 40 followed up by clarifying. “I’m not dissing,
just facts,” he wrote. “I love common.”
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