Talib Kweli Says Drake Is The Most Important Rapper Of 2013

posted Monday December 30 ,2013 at 09:00AM CST | 151 comments

Talib Kweli Says Drake Is The Most Important Rapper Of 2013

Exclusive: Talib Kweli says Drake is "making honest music" and "making hit records."

Talib Kweli, who recently discussed his Gravitas album and who also released Prisoner Of Conscious through Javotti Media this year, was recently asked to discuss the most important rapper of 2013. Excluding himself, Kweli said that the most important emcee of the year was Drake.

"Most important emcee of 2013?" Talib Kweli said in an exclusive interview with HipHopDX. "Drake. Drake is killing them. Drake is making honest music. He's making hit records. He's got lyrics for the dudes and he's got subject matter that any human being can relate to, dude or female. He's just really killing the game. He's really turned himself into the rapper to check for, and the number one emcee, the top tier emcee." 

Kweli also said that Drake has great potential, if he is consistent with his work. 

"If he can maintain his relevance for another couple years, he'll be considered one of the greats up there with your Tupacs and Biggies and Jay Zs and even Kanye Wests. But Drake has doing a great job this year." 

In an interview published December 18, Kweli spoke about both albums he's released in 2013.

"[With] Prisoner of Conscious, the focus was definitely to show people, musically, you like my music because I make great music," Kweli added. "The focus of Gravitas is definitely lyrics and me telling my story. Prisoner of Conscious was like, 'I'm making songs.' I'm like, 'Okay, I'm making this song. Let's see what this song is about. Here's a song with Miguel…' I'm proud of Prisoner of Conscious. I worked on it for four years. It was the album I wanted to make. But immediately after I finished making it, I felt the need to start writing. ...This is for fans of mine who already know that I'm dope musically. They just want to hear dope lyrics. So this album is for them." 

RELATED: Talib Kweli - Gravitas [Album Review]

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  • Anonymous
    What is Talib smoking!! saying "Drake has great potential, if he is consistent with his work", is cool, but this ain't the 1st time that mans been talking shit. Certain artists these dayz are on some dicklick, bumlicking, foot-worshiping bollocks!!! We Africans need to take back HipHop!!
  • Matthew Hinzman
    Ayo Drake mah negggor but Kenrick is gayyy.mah boi meeek had a betta yea.
  • Matthew Hinzman
    ah dar ene1 2 respowd!!!!!!!!
  • Anonymous
    not goin to even read comments yet already kno niggas hatin up here lol
    • Anonymous
      Same can be said about the dickriders.
  • Anonymous
    NJ awards were wayyy better than hhdx's
  • Anonymous
    THE ONLY REASON PEOPLE HATE DRAKE IS BECAUSE HE IS LIGHTSKINNED, SOFT AND FROM CANADA. A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT SAYS HE'S WHACK NEVER LISTENED TO HIS ALBUMS, JUST HIS SINGLES ON THE RADIO. BUT TRUST ME, HE'S ONE OF THE FEW NIGGAZ THAT NEVER DISAPPOINTED IN A FEATURED SONG. I THINK HIM AND JADA
    • Anonymous
      Tell me you're joking.
    • Anonymous
      DOES THAT SOUND LIKE A JOKE TO YOU FUCKBOI?
    • Anonymous
      you're ignorant "fuckboi"
    • Anonymous
      you had me until you mentioned Jadakiss no library or material ass, fuck 2 album jadakiss or anyone whos been in the game for 15 years and has 2 albums
  • CP
    if you want to have a real discussion about music, money cannot be included. some of the best musicians in history made no money at all. what sells is just that, what sells, it's got nothing to do with what sounds good. if you're too drunk or high to tell the difference, you should keep your mouth shut when grown folks talk.
  • CP
    who really cares about the record industry? i don't care about the 'industry' part of it, i'm not an acting participant, if you wanna blow a&r's to get ahead, you and drake have something in common. happy sperm collecting!
  • Anonymous
    any true music fan would know Rick James revived the Motown label and could compose songs, a pussy boy like you only remembers the braids, coke and a Chappelle skit Keith Sweat has composed for many, still around getting hundreds for a show ticket, only bitches like you think because he ain't in the spotlight and topping the charts that he's washed up Drake hopes he can have that type of staying power and Drake would know you're typing words of a fool who don't know sh*t about the music industry
  • CP
    record sales do not equal talent/ at least not today. people that buy drake, lil wayne, rick ross, etc. are basing their decisions off what they are force-fed, not that they are hearing dope music. it's not about young/old, it's about quality versus quantity. sure, drake sells a lot of records, but it's just not quality music to me. i have no bad personal feelings towards the guy, i don't even know him, and i couldn't care less about his money, it has no effect on me. just sayin, he's a pop/ r&b act, same category as michael jackson. he has no business being included in the same ranks as nas/biggie/rakim/tupac, end of discussion.
    • Anonymous
      same here, he has repeatedly said he'll never make a purely hip hop album, i doubt whether he truly considers himself hip hop
  • TheRealness
    Lmao music in general is a joke nowadays and I can't believe this sh*t is coming from Talib Kweli smfh.
  • CP
    pop act, not worthy of real MC status, compare Drake to Rakim, no comparison, end of argument, dude's an r&b artist at best, start a new argument, i just ended this one
    • Anonymous
      Ok. Let's compare the two. Drake has sold millions. Charts songs left and right, and tours like crazy. Rakim can't even get a new album out. Is best known for shit from the 90's, and blew his one chance at possible superstardom with Dre. So go ahead and side with the has been. Judging by your words, you sound like a has been.
    • ^
      Yeah, side with Drake the pop artist who doesn't even make hip-hop music over Rakim, the hip-hop legend who revolutionized the game. You're an idiotic sheep who follows everything the radio/MTV/BET tells you because you can't think for yourself.
  • Anonymous
    Give Drake a year or two then he going to rule the world
    • Anonymous
      You wished, stanley.
  • Anonymous
    Drake is the greatest man to ever walk this earth
    • Anonymous
      Said by no one ever besides extreme dickriders.
  • OnkelMichael
    You s a faggot son. Go suck off a dick to Drake.
  • Anonymous
    what the fuck is dis???
  • Anonymous
    Talib, WHAT THE FUCK