When Common‘s 1994 classic thesis on Hip-Hop “I Used To Love H.E.R.” dropped, many interpreted some of the lyrics as a criticism of West Coast Hip-Hop. Especially when he rapped:

“But then she broke to the West Coast, and that was cool

Cause around the same time, I went away to school

And I’m a man of expanding, so why should I stand in her way

She probably get her money in L.A

And she did stud, she got big pub but what was foul

She said that the pro-black, was going out of style”


“Now she be in the burbs, looking rock and dressin’ hippie

And on some dumb shit, when she comes to the city

Talking about popping Glocks serving rocks and hittin’ switches

Now she’s a gangsta rolling with gangsta bitches

Always smoking blunts and getting drunk

Telling me sad stories,now she only fucks with the funk

Stressin’ how hardcore and “real” she is

She was really the realest, before she got into showbiz”

Ice Cube, a founding father of West Coast Hip-Hop and Gangsta Rap, took offense.

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