Rapper Common Once Cited How Serena Williams Became the Real Reason for Dissing Drake: ‘The War Might Have Been…’

Published 08/28/2022, 5:19 PM EDT

Drake and Serena Williams have had a long history together, dating back to 2011. During Williams’ matches at the time, Drake was often noticed in the spectator area. The Canadian rapper and singer once claimed that American tennis legend Serena Williams inspired his popular track ‘Back 2 Back.’ Drake discussed this in an episode of the ‘Rap Radar’ Podcast where he talked about a specific beat he was working on.

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However, things heated up when Drake became involved in a rap feud with Serena’s ex, Common. The latter revealed that he was envious of Drake’s growing closeness with Serena.

Drake and Common were feuding in 2011

Back in 2011 and early 2012, Common and Drake threw some shots at each other. Common revealed that his feud with Drake was sparked by a love triangle involving the two rappers and the legendary tennis player Serena Williams.

In an interview with VladTV, Common explained, “Meaning, I was feeling like, at that time, I think it was the Drake-Serena situation

He added, “I ain’t know what was going on with that. And I ain’t know if he was throwing things, shots at me. You know, this my ex, and we kinda, you know, going our separate ways. Unfortunately, the war might have been over a girl, even though at the time I never said that.”

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Despite rumors, Common stated in 2012 that the feud was not entirely about Serena Williams. He said, “But it wasn’t totally that,” He further explained, “It was more or less kind of like, man, do you respect me? ‘Cause I actually like you as an artist; that’s what I was thinking about Drake. Then it eventually became where I think he was like, Look, man, I feel you disrespecting me, too.”

But, later on, they talked it out like adults and put their differences behind them. They even attended parties together.

The history between Drake and Serena Williams

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The rumored relationship between Drake and Serena Williams was once the paparazzi’s hot topic to cover. Drake was first noticed in the stands during Serena Williams’ matches. He was a huge fan of the tennis sensation and even mentioned her in one of his hit songs, ‘Worst Behavior’.

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 27: Serena Williams attends the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 27, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)

The most significant event of their relationship was their well-known kiss in a Cincinnati restaurant. On the internet, the photos and video quickly gained popularity.

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But after their rumored relationship ended, Serena married Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit, in 2017. Drake was once more seen cheering Serena on from the visitors’ box, showing that nothing could stop him from supporting his favorite player.

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Anurag Gusain

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Anurag Gusain is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. He has completed his Bachelor’s degree in English from Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, Delhi University. Being a huge tennis fan, he enjoys watching Rafa Nadal play.

Edited By: Tony Thomas

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