Underrated: "People Don't Even Understand What He Was Saying"

Thursday, Jul 21, 2011 5:15PM

Written by SOHH for Termanology

[Bronx Bombers: This week SOHH is celebrating the borough that birthed hip-hop by featuring an entertainment personality naming a Bronx rapper they feel is the most underrated. After Cold Heat's Jak Danielz named Chino XL earlier this week, Termanology crowns Big Pun SOHH Underrated.]

Big Pun (SOHH Underrated)

I think Big Pun, commercially, is SOHH Underrated. People never really bring him up. They always talk about him being big and fat. A lot of people sleep on Pun for some reason. They don't really bring him up in conversations.

As far as going down as one of the greatest of all time, commercially, Pun is definitely slept on. With me having a similar style to Pun and Black Thought, I always felt like they both took their style from Kool G Rap. We all pretty much took our style from G Rap with the syllables and rapping. It was about trying to rap as many amazing words as you can in a small amount of time and making it sound crazy. We all kind of fall from that same tree.

I think the biggest thing with Pun was the lyrics. Sometimes I feel like people don't even understand what he was saying. They weren't really breaking it down. People would say, "Oh, it sounds crazy!" You hear it and just from hearing it, it sounds crazy but when look at them closely, you'll see.

For me, I've memorized his lines and I'm like, "Whoa". I still cannot believe somebody would say those things. He had crazy lyrics.

Somebody else in the hip-hop world that I think is really underrated is Black Thought. He never really gets the credit for being an amazing lyricist. A lot of people do get the credit. Sometimes I feel like people sleep on him but people need to give him that credit. He's a monster.

Massachusetts-born rapper Termanology quickly rose from underground obscurity to working with some of hip-hop's elite producers, particularly DJ Premier. Growing up in the streets of the predominantly Latino city of Lawrence, MA, informed the half-white, half-Puerto Rican MC's lyrics as he graduated from silly freestyles at age nine to full-fledged verses at the age of 15. He constantly had to travel back and forth from Boston to New York in order to pursue various opportunities, releasing his first material on vinyl in 2001. Closely tied to fellow Lawrence native and mixtape DJ Statik Selektah, Termanology earned the respect of Boston's hip-hop scene with several 12" releases as well as his Hood Politics mixtapes, which gradually came to feature more highly regarded lyricists like Royce da 5'9 and Guru.

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