She used to only swing it with the inner-city circle
Now she be in the burbs, looking rock and dressin' hippie

from Common – I Used to Love H.E.R. Lyrics on Rap Genius


In 2005’s “Real People”, Common criticized black men who date white women, rhyming

Black men walking with white girls on they arms
I be mad at ‘em as if I know they moms

The line is also an extension of the overall metaphor of the song, he’s not talking about a girl, but how hip-hop started in New York, then gradually spread across America, losing some of its original meaning, and becoming more “whitewashed” as it became more corporate.

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