Common Laughs Off White House Controversy on 'Daily Show'
Along with promoting his new memoir "One Day It'll All Make Sense" and his upcoming TV series "Hell On Wheels," Common addressed the controversy earlier this year regarding his invitation to perform at a White House event on "The Daily Show" Wednesday night (Sept. 14).
Video: Common on "The Daily Show," Sept. 13
In May, Common was invited by First Lady Michelle Obama to perform at a poetry event hosted at the White House. Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and other conservative figures expressed outrage at the MC's invitation, citing violent lyrics and references to killing cops in Common's music.
"At first, I thought it was humorous… Then I realized they just didn't know me, because if they had, they wouldn't come out and say that I rap about killing cops," Common admitted to Jon Stewart. "Anyone that knows me knows I put out music about love, I put out music about social consciousness, community, God, having fun."
The Chicago MC also addressed the difficulties of dealing with the issue while on set for "Hell On Wheels" and shared a laugh with Stewart when talking about Sarah Palin's and Fox News' opposition to his music. "Some of my team members told me, 'Fox News and Sarah Palin said this and that about you, that you were this type of artist,'" he said. "That's when I was like, 'Really? You sure?' Sarah Palin must have never have heard any of Common's music."
Common's memoir "One Day It'll All Make Sense" was released on Sept. 13 and his upcoming AMC series, "Hell On Wheels," is set to premiere on Nov. 6. Meanwhile, the rapper will release his No I.D.-produced ninth album, "The Dreamer, The Believer," later this year.