'Ghetto Rock' Mos Def/Yasiin Bey

My question was pretty simple, but remained unanswered even after following the basic steps. No, the samples in their original forms didn't tell me; nor did I know enough about the producer, Minnesota (here's an interview on his approach that describes his preference for what he calls 'raggedy, warm sounds' and layering) to understand if his signature defined it. 

Even after listening to it dozens of times, I'm struck by how distinctive 'Ghetto Rock' (from 'The New Danger' Rawkus Records, 2004) is yes, there are MCs with a like simplicity and focus; or certain tracks that carry a similar force, usually because of a kind of enhanced instrumentation ... 

What it makes me think of is not other hip-hop tracks, but the raw, elemental dub of Ranking Ann or LKJ, perhaps. Though both of these in terms of their sound are much gentler, cleaner. Maybe dancehall, but it's all speculation ... 

[Verse 2: Mos Def]
Ha, I am a fighter and a lover
I’m the freaky baby daddy, I’m a bad motherfucker
I’m the earth, wind, fire, and the thunder
I said I am, go ask my mother
You don’t believe that shit believe what you want to
Alright, OK, So, Shut-up!
Speak language come straight from the gutter
Observe the terms that we trade with one and other
Like - what’s good, what’s popping, what’s cracking
What it is, how you living, what’s happening
Work songs that the slaves sang back then
The playground chants, with little girls clapping

Everything about it works, including the video with the out-of-focus shots straight out of the 70s; the Mad Max type queen with red Mohawk and lip-gloss and all those fantastic kids (skipping, jumping and dancing - totally different from the typical testosterone-heavy clips, not that there's any issue with those videos).

Starting out, it's all about that noisy, dirty beat and then towards the end it's as if there's an echo effect, Mos Def says his spiel ('Speak language come straight from the gutter/Observe the terms that we trade with one and other ...) and then the two elements, the voice and beat, split. 'Like - what's good, what's popping, what's cracking ...' the backing track waits each time, to emphasise the final word in each line, before starting up again.   

'Space, Space ...' echoes of Sun Ra, sure, then there's a broken ending and it's over.