For rapper Common’s new album, The Dreamer/The Believer, Maya Angelou agreed to craft and recite new work for the track “The Dreamer.” But, according to an interview with The New York Post, Angelou is disappointed with Common’s use of a certain politically-charged racial slur on the track, calling it, “vulgar and dangerous.”
“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 told the Post that he’d already made Angelou aware that the word is, “a part of [him].” The pair have a close relationship, the article citing that Angelou, “once said he could be her son.” We can only imagine that he must be feeling pretty badly about this rift in their bond.
Below, watch the well-timed video for another The Dreamer/The Believer track, “Celebrate.”