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December 19, 2011

Maya Angelou Criticizes Common’s Use Of The N-Word

Mary Angelou the world famous Pulitzer Prize-nominated poet stated her displeasure at the Chicago rapper’s use of the N-Word on his album.

On Common’s The Dreamer, The Believer album, the track The Dreamer features a poem written and recited by Maya Angelou. His lyrics on the track include, “Told my nigga [Kanye West] I’m ’bout to win the Grammys now” and “Niggas with no heart, I’m the pacemaker.”

Common uses the word often in his lyrics which is known well by the hip hop community. Mary Angelou claims she did not know this and has now expressed her disapproval.

“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. The word is 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.”

Common has said that Angelou knew about him using the word, and that they both agreed to disagree.

“She knows i do use the word. She knows that’s part of me. I told her what ‘The Dreamer’ was about and what I wanted to get across to people. I wanted young people to hear this and feel like the could really accomplish their dreams.”