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HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 03: Wyclef Jean performs onstage at the "Wyclef Jean’s Higher Education" panel during The 2019 ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO - Day 2 at Lowes Hollywood Hotel on May 3, 2019 in Hollywood, California.

During an interview, Wyclef Jean recently shared that he believes his best matchup for a Verzuz battle would be none other than will.i.am, for “multiple reasons.”  During the interview, the rapper, producer, and songwriter was asked if he was asked to do a Verzuz battle.  “I was approached, definitely,” Wyclef said.

“For me, the person who resembles me the most in the background with the studio that I fully know that they do is probably like will.I.am for multiple reasons,” Wyclef said.“My manager was David Sonenberg, and once we left David Sonenberg, Will became the new Wyclef for him.”

NEW YORK, NY – JULY 23: (L-R) Carlos Watson, will.i.am and Wyclef Jean attend OZY Fusion Fest 2016 at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park on July 23, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Ozy Fusion Fest)

“will.i.am is like a little brother. People don’t know is that I produced one of the first Black Eyed Peas records before Fergie got in the band,” Wyclef continued. “The reason why I say Will is because Will is like that nerd like me. He’s the guy behind the schemes. For me, he’s incredible. It’s not about hit songs or whatever. It’s about the mechanicals and the things that people don’t see.”

Wyclef also brought up Akon as a person who could possibly be similar to him and a contender as far as Verzuz. “I think they’ll probably be shocked. People have said that Akon would be dope,” Wyclef said. “I love Akon. Akon is incredible but I think that with me and Akon we’ll just be singing songs but with will.iam he should show up with a futuristic deck.”

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