After reciting a poem on "The Dreamer," the opening track from Common's new album "The Dreamer/The Believer," Dr. Maya Angelou reportedly expressed disappointment over the rapper's use of the N-word on the track. On Monday (Dec. 19), however, the legendary poet called in to BET's "106 & Park" to speak with Common and clear up the disagreement.
"I don't think the word 'disappointment' quite makes it. I was surprised," says Angelou about Common's language on the track. "I know that Common is brilliant -- he may, in fact, be close enough to be called a genius, I'm not sure. I know we're all in process, and young artists are in process."