Underrated: "I See Him Kind Of Like The Way I See Mos Def"

Thursday, May 12, 2011 12:15AM

Written by SOHH for Tony Royster, Jr.

[SOHH features a new entertainment personality each week to speak on who they feel is the most underrated artist. After Oddisee gave Freeway the title earlier this week, Jay-Z's drummer Tony Royster Jr. crowns The Roots' Black Thought SOHH Underrated.]

Black Thought (SOHH Underrated)

I would have to say Black Thought from The Roots is definitely underrated. He bangs out hard when he raps. I've been following his music for years. I've always really been a fan of Questlove from The Roots but just The Roots in general mean a lot to hip-hop.

Black Thought and The Roots are really sort of the main urban rap group out. They're not really much on the forefront. People know of the group [but] some people may even know a few of the individual members within the group. Black Thought in general spits some real stuff. I see him kind of like the way I see Mos Def.

Black Thought and Mos Def represent a whole group of rappers that spit some real knowledge and real stuff. A lot of people really don't think about them that way because they're not always on the radio getting spins, especially when you compare Black Thought and others to Eminem, Drake, Lil Wayne and all of them.

You might not even really hear their music being played in the club, outside of radio stations. So I feel it's to each's own. Everyone has their own personal preference, and Black Thought's one of the greats.

Tony Royster is an official member of Jay-Z's live band. In addition to Jay-Z, Tony has played with Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Swizz Beatz, John Mayer, Sting, Bono (U2), T-Pain, Cold Play, Foo Fighters, T.I., Lil Wayne, Eminem and En Vogue among others. Tony's most memorable drumming moment to date is being invited to play at the Presidential Inauguration for Barack Obama with Jay-Z.

Check out some of Black Thought's music below:

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