Common Defends Lyrics For New Single ‘Ghetto Dreams’

Over the past few years, Common has typically steered clear of raw, uncut lyrics in his singles, so the subject matter of, ‘Ghetto Dreams’ from his forthcoming album ‘The Dreamer, The Believer,’ was a surprise to many. According to the lyrics, Common wants a “b*tch that look good and cook good”, flips pancakes butt naked in the kitchen and tricks off the dough her man makes. He recently sat down with MTV News, and explained the direction and lyrics of the single that he describes as “highly conceptualized”. Although, women may be taken aback upon first listening, he says it’s not meant to be insulting, but to offer a list of qualities that he looks for in a woman:

“It was coming from me, but it was also the voice of many others.[...]I was like, ‘I want a b*tch that look good and cook good.’ I was just thinking about being in the ‘hood, what I want, and then the song goes on from there, ‘Cinderella fancy, but she still look ‘hood.’” Right there I’m saying, ‘Look, I want a bad woman.’ She look raw and she could cook and she could get very elegant, but at the same token she has the know-how in the street. I wrote it about someone in the neighborhood that got a dream of reaching a higher level and they’re in that process, and their woman is really like the correlation and the parallel and the symbol to that progress. It was coming from me, but it was also the voice of many others.”

Sounds like a modern day version of LL Cool J’s ‘Round The Way Girl.’ He also goes on to say that he wants a woman of many talents, including being down enough to have sex in the backseat of a car, carries a Bible, smokes the green stuff…and loves Beyonce. Yes, really:

“That says a lot about her. She could get high, you might get high with her, she might drink, smoke a jay with her, but at the end of the day, she still got her Bible there.[...][And]what woman in America don’t love Beyoncé?”