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Exclusive: Common Extends Olive Branch To Ice Cube

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Chicago rapper/actor Common has extended an offer to fellow rapper/actor Ice Cube, to possibly work on a film together in the future. The news is significant because the pair had one of the most legendary and well chronicled feuds in Hip-Hop. Ice Cube and Common went back and forth over Common’s classic song “I Used to Love H.E.R.” from his 1994 album Ressurection. The track drew the wrath of Ice Cube and his group Westside Connection, who released the track “Westside Slaughterhouse” in 1995, which featured Mack 10 and W.C.Common then replied the same year, with a scathing diss titled “The B**ch” in Yoo,” which was produced by Pete Rock.  The beef between the two camps grew so intense that it took a sit down with The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan in 1997 – in the aftermath of the unsolved murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. – to successfully diffuse the mounting tension within Hip-Hop. Since their early days, both rappers have crossed over into mainstream success. Ice Cube has hit big as an actor and director, starring in and producing memorable movies like the Friday franchise of flicks, as well as the Barbershop series of movies in addition to his recent movie Lottery Ticket. Ice Cube is preparing to release his 9th studio album I Am The West, which is due in stores on September 28th. Common has landed high profiles roles in movies like Terminator: Salvation, American Gangster, Smokin’ Aces and his most recent, Just Wright. “Point blank, when Cube and I had beef, I was a fan of his first and foremost, I grew up like loving Cube,” Common told AllHipHop.com. “I still respected him as an artist, but I had to come at him. It’s like a boxer; if somebody challenge you in the ring, you got to go at him. But we all good now, and maybe we can produce a movie together or something.”For the short term, Common is putting his acting career on hold, while he finishes work on his upcoming album, which will be titled The Believer.Work on the album was delayed when Common, born Lonnie Rashid Lynn, took a break from recording to promote his movie Just Wright, which co-starred Queen Latifah. Additionally, Common shot a pilot for an upcoming show on AMC titled Hell on Wheels. Hell on Wheels, which is set in the 1860’s, centers around a group of men working to build the United States’ first transcontinental railroad. “I stopped and did promo for Just Wright, then stopped and did this TV show and was doing a couple other things that I needed to do,” Common told AllHipHop.com in an exclusive interview. “But now I’m focused, and working and I’m really- in all reality, I believe that the new album will come out in the spring. I’m looking at around April or May for the new album. It’s called The Believer.  I had that title for a while to be honest. The time has come.”For the full interview, click here.

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