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Mos Def wants to settle the “best rapper alive” debate

Previously on WhatWouldWesleyDo: Bill meet Joan

I guess I’ll keep in tune with the recent hip hop vibe I’ve been on lately and put y’all on to this clip from an interview that Mos Def did with Angie Martinez:

Mos Def is one of my favorite emcees and undisputed top 5 DOA (no Death to Autotune), so I have to listen when he speaks about such a topic.

I must say I like the idea though, at least for the rap part. If you want to discuss producers I suggest Justin Blaze be a participant. The whole team aspect would be so fire just because it takes the pressure off of each rapper individually, but pressures them to be a part of the whole competition… not to mention he isn’t talking about betting chains, money or anything else. Just charity.

As far as the rappers I would love to see go at it here’s a list of ten:

  1. Jay-Z
  2. Lil’ Wayne
  3. Common
  4. Nas
  5. Redman
  6. Black Thought
  7. Lupe Fiasco
  8. Joe Budden
  9. Andre 3000
  10. Mos Def

I only did 10 because that’s what Mos suggested. Of this list, Lupe, Joe and Wayne don’t really belong, but I would love to see some of the younger guys go up against the old heads, especially the way people perceive music these days. You could easily include an Elzhi, Talib Kweli, Eminem, Rakim, Royce 5’9, KRS One, Ghostface, Doom, Method Man, Beanie Sigel  and maybe a few others.

I’d say after said battle people would look at the industry a lot differently, or maybe it would stay the same. I can guarantee you this… Wayne would no longer walk around calling himself the best rapper alive. There would be so much competition just to get into said competition, dudes would be falling over themselves to put out bars worthy of qualifying…

We need an official, certified competition like this because otherwise we get efforts like the one from Vibe that completely miss the point and severely destroy their own credibility and the credibility of the genre.

Too bad it will never happen. It’s always nice to dream!


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