Common, Dr. Maya Angelou Clear Up N-Word Controversy

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"I never call you my bitch or even my boo/There's so much in a name, there's so much more in you." -"The Light"

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."

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Angelou continued that, despite the disagreement, she will not be "divided" from Common, and that, "Next week, he might not use the n-word!" Common responded by saying that Angelou is "Like a mother to me in many ways, through artistry, through just love and her spirit."

Common previously caused a mini-controversy last spring when he was invited to read a poem at a White House event, causing conservative pundits to label him as a "thug." "The Dreamer/The Believer," Common's follow-up to 2008's "Universal Mind Control," hits stores today.