When the Chicago native released the song, many thought it contained lyrics that were a jab at fellow rapper Drake.
Drake apparently reacted to Common's lyrics at his show in Las Vegas, saying: "I might sing, but I ain't no b***h. If Common got something to say, say it to my face."
Common told MTV News: "As soon as I started talking on ['Sweet'], I was like, 'Yo, this is hip-hop, this is what I do'. A lot I had to get off my chest on that. At the same token, I love hip-hop music and raw, rap music.
'The great thing about hip-hop you definitely get motivated by other hip-hop artists. It's that you get in the ring and you be like 'Yo, let's go'.
"But for me, I'm talking to whoever feels it, whoever when they hear it and they'd be like, 'Is that person talking about me? Is he talking about me?' And they thinking twice about it. That's who I'm talking about really."
However, he did praise Drake, calling him a "good artist" at the end of the interview.
Common, who is now with Warner Bros Records after leaving Universal, can be seen showing off his acting talents in AMC's Hell on Wheels as a freed slave after the Civil War.
Watch the music video for Common's 'Sweet' below: