Talib Kweli has been around for a number of years now in the rap game. But more than that, he has been a heavy weight in hip hop so when he speaks people listen. He is well versed and his material always has some sort of message. He is now sharing his thoughts on the new rappers.
He recently chopped it up with the Sway In The Morning show, the BK rapper weighed in on the styles and influence of modern mainstream artists Drake and Big Sean.Â Kweli says he appreciates the emotion Drake evokes when rhyming, and Seanâ€™s experimentation.Â
Discussing mainstream emcees, rappers who get played on the radio often, Talib says he has the utmost respect for Kanye West whom he believes paved the way for the modern era of rappers, â€œWhat I like about somebody like Kanye, and what heâ€™s done for artists like Drake, and Big Sean, and Lupe [Fiasco], and other artists that you hear about in the mainstream thatâ€™s not always bustin guns or poppin bottles.â€Â He adds that even when these rappers do touch on the stereotypical rapper life that fans sometimes donâ€™t buy into it, â€œThey do that every once in awhile, and when they do do it, you sometimes donâ€™t even believe them.â€
Drake gets some negative feedback that he can be overly emotional on wax, and is at the forefront of â€œemo-rapâ€, but Kweli comes to his defense and feels more rappers should emulate him, â€œI like hearing the different influences in the mainstream.Â Â I like hearing Drake being emotional, people make fun of his raps for being emotional but I think we need to hear more of that.â€
Talking about young Detroit rapper Big Sean, the Black Star emcee is a fan of his ad libs, and his unconventional style, â€œ I like Big Sean, playing with the cadences and playing with the flows, going off the wall with it…I just like the different experimentation, and still coming up with records that work for the mainstream.â€