“No matter what, Kanye is my brother,” Common told a TMZ paparazzo during a recent encounter. “No matter what. It’s no beginning to the end, because that’s my brother. I don’t agree with everything he says and everything he’s thinking. I don’t agree on a lot of things with people I love, but that don’t mean I love them any differently. And that don’t mean I won’t say exactly what I need to say to them.”
You can view Common’s remarks about West in the video above at the 1:00 mark.
While West’s Trump support and inaccurate remarks about slavery have dominated the news cycle, Common said he would like to devote more energy to creating change. The rapper and actor referenced Chikesia Clemons being dragged out of an Alabama Waffle House by police and other events as more worthy of attention than West’s tweets.
“It’s a lot going on in the world like black women being dragged out of Waffle house and black people being shot down in the streets,” Common added. “I think us focusing on tweets and comments… I want to put more energy towards changing the conditions of what’s going on.”
Common appeared on West's first three albums before letting him handle production for the majority of Be and Finding Forever.