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.” 

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