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Common Accused of Uncommon Thievery

7/14/2009 7:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Rapper Common Rapper Common is a self-proclaimed thief ... a dude who busts himself when he steals -- this, according to a pair of songwriters.

Andrew Marks and London McDaniels filed a lawsuit yesterday, claiming Common stole their song "When Will The Day Come" in his tune "Take it EZ."

But here's the twist: Common gives Marks and McDaniels this credit on the downloadable version of his song: "Contains samples from: When Will The Day Come.'"

Here's the problem: The credit don't pay the rent. So Marks and McDaniels are suing for unspecified damages.

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