Underrated: "You Wouldn't Have Rappers Like Nas Without His Style Of Flow"
Thursday, Mar 31, 2011 12:15AM
[SOHH features a new entertainment personality each week to speak on who they feel is the most underrated artist. After Lady Luck gave Fabolous the title earlier this week, Kyle Rapps now crowns D.I.T.C.'s A.G. (Andre the Giant) SOHH Underrated.]
For SOHH Underrated, I would have to say A.G. from Diggin' in the Crates. This is going back to remembering the whole D.I.T.C. crew. To me, A.G. for his era was probably the pioneer of a style of flow that were authentic. Him and Lord Finesse had a style that if you think about it, you wouldn't have rappers like Nas without his style of flow.
I would even argue that you may not even have Jay-Z without his style of flow. A.G. and D.I.T.C.'s style of flow really inspired a lot of these rappers. He was the kind of guy who was able to really bring a flow that was conversational, not just rappity-rap. He's able to go behind the beat a little bit. He was able to play with the rhythm in a way where he was still keeping it on point and sharp.
So I really think his style of flow was groundbreaking but even his material. Listen to what he was talking about and you'll realize it was true to life. And at the same time, he was able to do multiple types of tracks. He had anything from a bragging type of track to story joints to street life. He was a versatile guy and I don't think he really got his due.
During his time and his peak, he was doing his thing but he's not up there with the Nas's, the Jay's. And so I think that's not right.
Born in Michigan, the New Jersey-bred rapper Kyle Rapps, where he learned how to "lyrically split atoms" and "Kill-em with Concepts." His smooth flowing, hard-hitting hip-hop style and dynamic theatrical presence have garnered him poetry slam victories across the nation, and brought him all the way to the Grand Slam finals at the legendary Nuyorican Poets Cafe' in New York City. Under the name Black Skeptik, Kyle released 2 hip hop singles: "Rent" featuring rap legend KRS ONE, and "Frankenstein Saves Hip Hop" featuring production by Blockhead and a video with Crazy Legs of Rocksteady crew. His latest album, The Re-Edutainment, was released yesterday.
Check out A.G.'s music below: