I swear to you, Common is the very last rapper I would ever think would be involved in a highly publicized heated controversy like this one. Seriously, I would've pegged Young MC first.
This week, there was some brouhaha (one of my favorite words) raised over the fact that Common (or as I like to call him My Boyfriend in My Mind Lonnie Love) was invited by the First Lady to perform for a poetry event at the White House. A report on Fox News accused Common, the artist behind "The Light", "The People", and "Come Close" a vile rapper. The reasoning being that on Def Poetry ages ago Common recited a very politically charged poetry piece that included "threats to shoot police and at least one passage calling for the "burn[ing]" of then-President George W. Bush." The fact that they called Common controversial for doing so shows that they know very little about him at all. Now in the Twitterverse, I saw that Sarah Palin even chimed in and let me confess something: I know I don't know Sarah Palin. I know this. But I will confess that there is no one on this planet that annoys me more than she does. I have many reasons for my disgust; one being how do you get to quit your job and then become an expert on how someone else should be doing theirs? I really can't deal with her and because of that, I decided to protect my situation and not even read what she had to say about Common. It's just better that way.
I will say that this whole situation has reminded me that film is forever. I'm not saying that Common should have any regrets but I think we would all do well to consider what we express publicly because we never know what doors may be open to us in the future. I think part of the reason why this whole ordeal has been baffling to his fans is because we have witnessed his progression as an artist over the years; years since his performance on Def Poetry Jam. Common now is different than Common then. Which leads me to wonder who dug that clip up anyway and why? I'm sure hearing that a rapper had been invited to the White House raised a few eyebrows and led someone to try and find something distasteful. They must have really been looking for something.
Common did indeed participate in the White House event and from what I gather all went well but not before Twitter got a hold of it. The hashtag #RappersWho Are ScarierThanCommon started to take off and I must say my favorite came from The Roots drummer and personal friend of Common's ?uestlove:
Of course BGLU had to get in on this. I live for a good (A GOOD) Twitter topic. Here were my tweets:
@BGLUBlog #RappersWhoAreScarierThanCommon Skee-Lo. A man with a short complex can be very very dangerous. We know this to be true.
@BGLUBlog #RappersWhoAreScarierThanCommon Ini Kamozie. "Murderah!"
#RappersWhoAreScarierThanCommon Joey Lawrence. Anyone remember him rapping in "Nothing My Love Can Fix"? HARD. CORE. #Onlyfortheheadsson
@BGLUBlog #RappersWhoAreScarierThanCommon Kriss Kross. You'd be angry too if you had to go through all that hassle just to use the bathroom.
And for the diehard old school New Kids on the Block fans...
@BGLUBlog #RappersWhoAreScarierThanCommon Joey Joe. He is nimble and he is quick (Only the real Blockheads will catch that).
I really hope this whole thing blows over soon. In my perfect world, Obama won't even address this but will later interrupt Sarah Palin's reality show declaring that he has once again been busy handling more important matters for our country. You know, like how he Debo'ed Donald Trump's The Celebrity Apprentice to announce that Osama Bin Laden had been found and murdered? Oh wait, Sarah Palin's reality show was cancelled wasn't it? Shame.