As one of Hip Hop’s more innovative lyricists, it would be safe to think that Brooklyn rapper Mos Def has a wide variety of musical influences. In a recent video conversation, Mos revealed to Frolab that DOOM (formerly MF DOOM) is one of these artists, as well as gives his stance on a DOOM/Lil Wayne battle, the significance of Madvillainy, and why DOOM’s music is similar to De La Soul.

Reciting the chorus from “Rapp Snitch Knishes,” Mos Def went into full-on fan mode, rhyming, “Rap snitches, telling all they business / sitting in court, and be their own star witness / do you see the perpetrator, yeah I’m right here.” Amazed by the lyrical prowess of DOOM, Mos pleaded, “This song needs to be out, and it needs to be a hit.”

Continuing to recite lyrics off MM..Food, most notably “Rap Beef,” Mos Def confidently remarked, “I’d bet a million dollars on DOOM against Lil Wayne.”

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