In a heavily informative new interview with Cuepoint, Talib Kweli and 9th Wonder discuss how they broke into the music industry, the effect of hip-hop patriarchy on female MCs, the ways they’ve each navigated as independent artists since the indie bubble popped, and a whole lot more. And yes, they talk about the Complex BBQ Blogger.
But towards the middle of the interview, 9th Wonder drops a truth bomb that everyone already knows: “If there is no Phonte Coleman, there is no Drake. And that’s not a diss, that’s just what it is. Just like if there is no DJ Premier or Pete Rock, there is no me.”