Talib Kweli is speaking out after he was brought up in Kanye West’s “Drink Champs” interview. On Friday (Nov. 12), the emcee took some time to detail his most recent encounters with the Donda star while refuting some of the claims made in the viral interview.
“So apparently @kanyewest wants me to tell y’all about the last couple of times we hung out,” Kweli wrote. “Ok. Here’s pics from the last couple of times we hung out, the first is from last year, the second is from just last month. In these hang-out sessions many things happened,” he continued before providing a list of their meetups.
In the lengthy caption, the “Get By” emcee said it was “weird” for him to see Ye “throwing back shots” during his conversation with N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN after he allegedly confided in him about his “severe drinking problem.” Kweli also mentioned that Ye’s declaration of continued support of Trump on the platform conflicted with statements West made in a past conversation.
“Kanye privately told me that he no longer supports Trump but then continued to publicly show support for Trump,” the Black Star rapper explained. “He blamed his support for Trump on Rick Rubin. He also said that Rick Rubin is the one who told him to link with Candace Owens. I thought it was weird for him to pass the buck like that.”
In regards to Kanye’s thoughts that Common “is a thousand times better rapper than” him, Kweli joked that the “Gold Digger” star, who recently heard his unreleased Black Star album, never expressed those thoughts in person.
“When I saw him on my birthday at Dave [Chappelle]’s show, just last month, he was warm and gracious…,” he said. “I did however have mass Brooklyn dudes with classic baseball caps with me that day tho, so maybe he wanted to say he didn’t like my raps but choose not to due to that.”
While Kweli claimed that he wasn’t bothered by “the disrespect of my rhyme skills,” he said that he would never side with his stance on Trump and MAGA. “Kanye is an amazing artist but MAGA is terrorism,” he wrote. “January 6th proved that. No amount of deflection changes that fact.”
See Talib Kweli’s post below.