When Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) challenged any three MCs on the planet earlier this year, Lupe Fiasco accepted. He recruited Mickey Factz and Daylyt against Mos, King Los and Black Thought, but that potentially epic battle never happened. Why?
Daylyt, a battle rapper known for his antics, thinks he knows the answer. “Mos Def got his squad together and Lupe got his squad together,” Day told MTV News. "Mos Def seen what type of squad Lupe had and waved the white flag.”
For his part, Yasiin said he didn't mean for his challenge to be spread across the web. "Spend time all day writing battle raps?" he said at the time. "I'd rather be filing paperwork at the post office. That sh-t does not sound like fun."
While it may not be fun for Yasiin, it has been fruitful for Daylyt. The Watts MC -- who recently dressed up as Batman in a battle -- has become a fixture in the scene due to his shenanigans like saying he was signed to Shady Records (he wasn’t) or involving himself in the rumored Drake and Diddy fight.
But the man who once tried to take a “boo boo” onstage is also respected by some of hip-hop’s acclaimed stars for his lyricism. He considers Lupe Fiasco his "jedi master," and then there's Ab-Soul, who battled Day on “W.R.O.H.” off These Days.
"I’m very close friends with Ab-Soul,” Daylyt said. "This was one of those moments where I had to tell myself, ‘Damn, I just battled Ab-Soul and it's about to be on his album.’ I might be the first person in history to have a battle as a record on an album. It’s the last track on the album. So, it was epic. That’s one of the priceless moments of my life.”
Day, who’s also battled Canadian rap star Mad Child, is looking to take on other opponents too. He has plans to “do something innovative” with Hopsin and Bizzy Bone in the future and he’s even got his eyes on battling one of the genre’s most celebrated artists of all time: KRS-One.
"Somebody tell KRS-One, let’s make something happen,” Day said, challenging the Blastmaster. "He’s one of the last strands of the true form of hip-hop. Let’s put something together and save hip-hop. I want do it the old fashioned way.”
Daylyt’s debut album is slated to be released November 1.