"You Just Gotta Know What You're In It For" Common Defends 'Schemin' On Drake

Chicago rap veteran Common has defended his decision to entertain a rap battle with Drake following the recent release of his "Stay Schemin'" remix which targeted the Young Money star.

Admitting there is no real beef taking place, Common said he is simply engaging in a war of words for the love of hip-hop.

"At the end of the day, I just expressed what I felt about hip-hop," Common said in an interview referring to his initial reason for dropping the "Sweet" record. "I ain't trying to do no battles in any other way besides emceeing. We know that things can get [extreme] -- if you're gonna challenge me as an artist, as an emcee, I'm gonna let you know who I am. ... You just gotta know what you're in it for. I got into this because it's hip-hop. On the song 'Sweet' I'm [talking about] over and over, it's a lot of singing. ... I just spoke up for the art of hip-hop and what I feel about it." (Sirius Hip Hop Nation)

A few days ago, Cash Money's Birdman said while he does not endorse diss records, the team fully supports Drizzy's moves.

"Drake the homie so we ride or die. Ain't no second questions about that, but we never been a brand to make records and want to make money off of making records of other people that's not what we about," Birdman told radio host Big Boy. "So to me, however the young homie deal with it we behind him, we supporting him 100 percent with our life so that's just what it is. Ain't no other way. Drake the lil' homie that's blood, that's family, and ain't no siding with that. It's Drake or nothing." (Power 106)

Earlier this week, Common dropped a "Stay Schemin'" remix going at Drake.

Now, Common has responded on "Stay Schemin (Remix)" and the cover art below (Stay Schemin: Rick Ross Common French Montana & That H*e A** Nigg%) also has a message for Drake. "My motto is Chicago b*tch, everybody know you're sweet, what the problem is? / Don't play dumb, I'm the one that acknowledged this," "The rapper of the moment, the style he don't own it / Acting all hard when he hardly like that / You gon' mess around and make me catch a body like that / Don't do it, 'cause every song you make Joe is really h*e music." (RapFix)

On the original record, websites speculated the Canadian-bred emcee was going at Common.

Rick Ross pulls out the Maybach and cruises through his Miami hometown at night in the video for "Stay Schemin'," a cut off his new mixtape Rich Forever. Drizzy comes along for the ride, spitting a fiery verse that will raise eyebrows. "It bothers me when the gods get to acting like the broads/ Guess every team doesn't come complete with ni**as like ours," he raps in the wake of his beef with Common. In addition, Bad Boy's newest signee French Montana raises his profile with an appearance on The Beat Bully production. (Rap-Up)