Underrated: "He's So Nice But Just Never Had That Success He Should've Had"
Thursday, May 5, 2011 12:15AM
[SOHH features a new entertainment personality each week to speak on who they feel is the most underrated artist. After Has-Lo gave Inspectah Deck the title earlier this week, Mobb Deep's Prodigy crowns G-Unit's Tony Yayo SOHH Underrated.]
There's a lot of underrated rappers. It's hard to pick just one. The first that comes to my mind would probably have to be [G-Unit's] Tony Yayo.
[G-Unit's] Lloyd Banks is real successful. He's had his success and it's crazy. He went platinum and all of that. Everybody knows that Lloyd Banks is nice. Everybody know that. But with Yayo, he's so nice but just never had that success that he should've had.
Every time I listen to his lyrics, I'm like, "D*mn. This n*gga be saying some sh*t." He knows how to come up with choruses, he's nice with the whole process of making a song and it's just crazy how underrated he is. So I'm a big fan of his music. I definitely think he's one of the most underrated.
I would say the only other two that come to my mind that I would name are Grafh, because I like his sh*t and he's ill. I heard this freestyle that he did the other day and it's crazy. As a matter of fact, he came to the studio and played it for me. I was like, "Oh sh*t." Son is nice. For real. He would be one of them.
The other one would probably be Havoc. A lot of people try to say, "Oh, P is the best rapper in Mobb Deep." But I never look at it like that because Hav is the one that actually made me become good. So I give him a lot of credit for that. His rhymes always push me to write something crazy because I gotta stand next to his. They always push me to write some sh*t and he'll say the same things about me. So I gotta say that for him as well.
Prodigy is a member of Queens rap duo Mobb Deep, alongside producer/rapper Havoc. The duo have put out multiple albums since the early 1990's and spent time on record labels including 4th & B'way, Loud and G-Unit. After serving a three-year jail sentence, P was released in March 2011 and has actively promoted his new autobiography, My Infamous Life.
Check out some of Tony Yayo's music below: