“The Bitch in Yoo” is a diss track aimed at Ice Cube and his affiliates Mack 10 and WC for their record “Westside Slaughterhouse”, which in turn was a response to Common for his 1994 single “I Used to Love H.E.R.”. On “H.E.R.”, Common claimed the emergence of gangster rap caused a disparity between him and the direction the art form was taking, which offended Ice Cube, a prominent figure in the gangster rap movement. Cube then responded in 1995 with “Westside Slaughterhouse”:
Used to love her, mad ‘cause we fucked her
Pussy-whipped bitch with no common sense
As told in Common’s biography, One Day It’ll All Make Sense, “The Bitch in Yoo” originally contained a different second verse. He changed it after the song was well-received during a performance at the legendary House of Blues in Los Angeles, giving way to the line, “I went to Cali (and what?) niggas gave me love”.
Common and Ice Cube resolved their problems at a peace summit organized by the Nation of Islam and Louis Farrakhan on April 3, 1997. At the time, Cube and No I.D., a producer and close friend of Common, were both members of the Nation.
Since then, Common and Ice Cube have collaborated on a song called “Real People” for the movie Barbershop: The Next Cut which they both starred in and Cube produced.