Mos Def recently declared his lyrical status in hip-hop challenging rap heavy weights Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Beanie Sigel and more to a battle he promises to win.
Standing outside with a small entourage in Detroit, Mos made it known he would be willing to take a rap battle to pay-per-view.
“You really think that Jay and Weezy can beat me,” Mos asked in a video. “It will never happen. None of them. Whoever. Listen, n*ggas I like, I love Freeway, but come get the money if you think you can. Beans, I love him….[Andre 3000] ,whatever, I’m taking the money back to Brooklyn. I’m taking the money back to Brooklyn. Jay is the best out. I’m taking the ring and I’m taking the belt right back.” (World Star Hip Hop)
Aside from a possible rap battle, Def is preparing the release of his upcoming album The Ecstatic.
“The name of the album is The Ecstatic. I titled it after one of my favorite novels by Victor LaValle and I’m really excited about it…it’s a lot shorter than some of my previous work but it’s still really full. [Guests include] Slick Rick, Jay Electronica, Black Thought and working with Madlib.” (Zune Insider)
The rapper-turned-actor’s upcoming disc is set to drop this summer.
Def has announced the release of his highly-anticipated new album, The Ecstatic (Downtown Records) on June 9. Several new tracks from The Ecstatic, including “Life In Marvelous Times” and “Quiet Dog Bite Hard” can be heard now via Mos Def’s MySpace page. These debut tracks are also available now via download on RCRD LBL and on iTunes. (Cincy Groove Magazine)
Def’s new release will be his fourth solo project following the unusual release of True Magic.
Mos Def released his third solo album, True Magic in 2006. A contract-fulfilling release for Geffen, which had absorbed Rawkus years prior, the album trickled out in a small run during the last week of 2006. Bizarrely, the disc came with no artwork and was sold in a clear plastic case — though its single, “Undeniable,” did manage to grab a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Solo Performance. Months later, Geffen re-released it with full artwork and a slightly different track listing. (All Music)
Check out Mos Def’s challenge below: