Maya Angelou Upset w/ Common for Using N-Word on Collaboration
According to the New York Post, poet Maya Angelou is upset with rapper Common for using the “n-word” on his track “The Dreamer;” a song on which Ms. Angelou is a featured guest.
Dr. Angelou contributes an original poem to the track, reciting, “From Africa they lay in the bilge of slave ships / And stood half naked on auction blocks /. . . and still they dreamed.”
Meanwhile, Common’s lyrics include lines like “Niggas with no heart / I’m the pacemaker.”
Angelou had no idea such lyrics would be featured on the track.
“‘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.’”
According to Common however, Ms. Angelou does know that Common uses “nigga” in his rhymes, but did not know he’d be using it in the song they worked on together.”
Check out Common’s “The Dreamer” below:
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