Underrated: "They've Never Watered Down & Tried To Change Up Their Sh*t"
Thursday, Feb 24, 2011 12:15AM
[SOHH features a new entertainment personality each week to speak on who they feel is the most underrated artist. After Cali Swag District's Yung gave Ludacris the title earlier this week, Hasan Salaam now crowns De La Soul SOHH Underrated.]
The most underrated? D*mn, that's a good question. There's a lot of different people I think could be called underrated. I'm actually a big De La Soul fan. I really think Posdnuos is very, very complex in the way he puts music together.
I listen to all kinds of sh*t. To me, my favorite rappers of all-time are Rakim and Redman. So to me, I really listen to how people put their words together and I think [about] the way Posdnuos approaches topics, the flow, just everything. I just think he's very underrated. I really believe don't even begin to mention Pos or just De La when they talk about who is the nicest.
And so I really got to say it's De La Soul as a whole. Just look at them. They've been consistent for over 20 years. They've never watered themselves down and never tried to change up their sh*t for the times, [and] always found a way to stay relevant.
If you listen to their earlier stuff, it's totally different from their new sh*t, but they've grown up with their music. If you have listened to them for years, you would be able to tell the growth. I just respect that about them, their production and just everything.
One of my favorite joints from them is "Ego Trippin'". That was my joint. This is just some random sh*t but they had something off of NBA Live 2010 that was on their album. That sh*t was f*cking dope. I have no idea what the name of the song was but I was playing the video game and was like, "Yo, that sh*t is crazy!"
Hasan Salaam is a New Jersey-bred emcee. A lyricist of Muslim faith, his lyrics shed light on subjects such as "post-colonial exploitation of African hip-hop culture", "the African diaspora", and "the true Islamic jihad". Salaam organizes food and clothing drives in Jersey City on the third Sunday of each month and gives lectures on hip-hop at several colleges & universities. One half of the duo Mohammed Dangerfield, the group's debut disc was released on Tuesday.
Check out some De La Soul music videos below: