Underrated: "He Wasn't Lyrical In A Big Pun Way, But What He Was Saying Was Always Solidly Put Together"

Tuesday, May 3, 2011 12:15AM

Written by SOHH for Has-Lo

[SOHH features a new entertainment personality each week to speak on who they feel is the most underrated artist. After Eddie Griffin gave KRS-One the title last week, Philadelphia rapper Has-Lo crowns Wu-Tang Clan's Inspectah Deck SOHH Underrated.]

Inspectah Deck (SOHH Underrated)

Music-wise, Inspectah Deck is SOHH Underrated. Let's give the crown to Deck. Deck is actually one of my favorites [out of] the entire Wu-Tang Clan.

He's a dude that definitely inspired me coming up. He made me want to write rhymes. I would hear something that he spit and just be like, "I need a pen right now." It was all about his lyricism and flow for me.

Deck was a guy that wasn't necessarily lyrical in a Big Pun or Royce Da 5'9 way or [rapped with] super multi-syllables, but what he was saying was smart and always so solidly put together. He would say something that was just out there. Let me think about how I can phrase it. He would say something regular in such a clever way that it set him apart from everyone else.

He has a very subtle and understated lyricism. He's a guy that has to do something overly lyrical. Like I said, he's not a Big Pun with a lot of words and syllables but he was always really classy with the way he would put his rhymes together.

He would say something like, "You can't catch my style with bugs and phone taps." It's super lyrical but it might go over your head how lyrical it really is. I would love to work with him one day.

Has-Lo is a rapper/producer who has been making a steady underground buzz since 2007. He has worked with various artists including iCON, the Mic King, Awar, Zilla Rocca, Curly Castro and Small Professor. He has also released free online mixtapes. A Philadelphia native, Has-Lo recently released his new album, In Case I Don't Make It.

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