Underrated: "I Put Him In The Same Lane As Jay-Z & Eminem"

Tuesday, Jul 5, 2011 12:15AM

Written by SOHH for Vice Souletric Beats

[In light of this week's July 4th celebration, SOHH is celebrating independence by featuring an entertainment personality naming an indie emcee they feel is the most underrated. After director Vlad Yudin named Twista last week, producer Vice Souletric Beats crowns Phonte as SOHH Underrated.]

Phonte (SOHH Underrated)

I really want to name my boy G. Huff but I'm going to be unbiased and name Phonte from Little Brother. See, a lot of people think he's the dopest half of Little Brother but I believe he's actually one of the top emcees out. I think he's working on a new hip-hop album right now and when that's released, I think he's really going to shine and be out there.

The thing about Phonte, for me, is about how I rate him. I put him in the same lane as Jay-Z and Eminem. The reason why I say that is because one tight skill you need for a talented lyricist [the ability] to touch on any subject and concept and you can spit it out smoothly and lyricaly, almost like you're having a conversation.

Phonte can just do it so effortlessly. He will talk about going to McDonald's and it'll be a hit. You know what I'm saying? He did a track on Mick Boogie's mixtape a few years back and he was talking about losing a job and his last day at work. He just broke it down and it was one of the tightest things on the whole album.

That's got to be the biggest reason why I like this cat. Not everybody can do that. Him and Big Pooh, those guys are just great. When I heard he was coming out with an album, I was really excited about it. I love Foreign Exchange [a hip-hop duo consisting of Phonte and Dutch producer Nicolay] but I love his straight up hip-hop flow too. So it's going to be interesting to hear what he does [next].

Vice Souletric continues the tradition of soulful hip-hop production out of the Midwest. Taking influences from J. Dilla, Hitek, Pete Rock, and Premier, Vice is starting to make a name for himself. He has worked with the likes of Reks, Reek Da Villian, Guilty Simpson, and Termanology.

Check out Phonte's music below:

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