Talib Kweli Sticks Up For Common

stopped by the CBSNews.com “What’s Trending” set to talk about his Twitter battle with Fox News over ’s invite to the White House, the death of Cali Swag District rapper M-Bone, and the future of hip hop. “The classification of Common as an artist as a thug or some sort of vile rapper hit close to home for me, because Common is a friend,” Talib said. “He’s a friend of my family, and our music is very similar in terms of content, in terms of style, in terms of passion. For Common to be called a thug because he made a song about Assata Shakur, sort of stripped some of his dignity and disrespected his family, and strips him of his rights as an artist, and it’s just plain and dead wrong. This is a clear act of lying.”

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