Back in 1996, in one of his many volatile interviews, 2Pac once told Sway that he advised Biggie to “rap for the bitches…Do not rap for the niggas…he bitches will buy your records, and the niggas want what the bitches want.” Obviously the formula worked as B.I.G. went on to make hits like “Big Poppa,” and “One More Chance,” becoming the “heartthrob never, Black and ugly as ever” guy that women grew to love despite his looks.

To keep things respectful moving forward, lets remove “the b*tches” and replace them “the women.” Now, let’s consider who actually makes up most of Common’s fanbase. DING! DING! DING! The women.

When he came out with “The Light” in 2000 rapping about his adoration of the fairer sex, Common went from respected MC to “cute rapper” in the ladies’ eyes. He wasn’t a shirtless sex symbol, but he was definitely someone that women didn’t mind looking at. He’s been playing that card when he had to and wanted to ever since.

Now, if The Notorious B.I.G. is considered an all-time great because of his ability to appeal to both men and women, and he got that advice from a fellow great in 2Pac, why can’t Common be considered great for pulling that off too?

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