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Russell Simmons SHAQ'S A DOPE RAPPER I Wish I Woulda Signed Him

7/31/2014 12:12 PM PDT

Jay-Z, Kanye West, LL Cool J, who's missing? According to Russell Simmons it's Shaquille O'neal because the Hip Hop pioneer tells TMZ Sports he "wishes" he'd have signed Shaq to a record deal back in the day. 

Russell, co-founder of the legendary Def Jam records, was out in New York City when we asked him if there was a rapping athlete that he'd have wanted to work with back in DJ's heyday.

Simmons doesn't hesitate to big up the Diesel -- who recently dusted off his rap skills to audition for Pharrell -- cracking a huge smile and telling us Shaq was "kinda cool" on the mic. 

Ya hear that Pharrell? Russell says it's OK. 

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