Talib Kweli Says Biggie, Jay-Z, Nas Are 'rap Nerds'
Talib Kweli has opened up about the stigma surrounding ‘nerds’ in the rap industry, claiming rappers such as Biggie, Jay-Z and Nas are all nerds, respectively. The Brooklyn MC considers himself and some of rap’s elite rhymers nerds, telling Fuse: "I most definitely know Biggie was a nerd, his life situation led him to a street life, but he was able to put words together like that. He was a street nerd...Jay-Z is hustle nerd. Nas is a Queensbridge nerd. Everybody's a nerd in their own way."
Elsewhere in the Fuse interview, Talib states that Hov put an emphasis on the nature of hustling and getting money, however the desire for respect always seemed to be a joint venture with his fellow Brooklynite.
"Jay-Z's in it and I'm in it, too...He said he would do what I do. If the world was different, he would do what I do. If the world was different, maybe I would do what he did... I think I got in respect what he got in wealth."
Words: Kristian Galea (@KrisSoAppalled)