Underrated: "His Career Went Down A Little Earlier Than It Should Have"

Tuesday, Aug 9, 2011 12:15AM

Written by SOHH for Verse Simmonds

[The Throne: In observance of the Watch the Throne release this week, SOHH is featuring an artist closely associated to Kanye West and Jay-Z to name who they feel is the most underrated rapper. After Black Rob gave Sadat X the title last week, producer Verse Simmonds crowns Beanie Sigel as SOHH Underrated.]

Beanie Sigel (SOHH Underrated)

[Naming] an emcee that was really underrated is hard. Someone that I don't know how he was underrated, because he could have been bigger, is Beanie Sigel.

I feel like his career went down a little earlier than it should have. I wasn't a big Philly fan or anything like that, but I just felt like he was really dope. Like how he put his rhymes together and that delivery behind it.

I first got up on Beanie on that one record. "Put Ya Hands Up" [with Jay-Z and Amil]. That record right there is when I really got familiar with him and that was one of the dopest records. When it came out, him and Jay did that record, I was like, "Yo, this is crazy." The flow was crazy. Everybody loved it as soon as it came out. It was a record that everybody really, really loved.

I always felt like when he came out and on a record, you knew it was him. You knew he came with that raw, rugged kind of flow. I thought it was always really, really dope. It's unfortunate that he wasn't able to keep going. He's still relevant to this day.

After graduating from high school, Verse moved to Ft. Lauderdale, FL, where he met a young producer/songwriter/engineer named Shama Joseph. The two hit it off immediately and formed the production team, the Jugganauts. In 2003, they moved to Los Angeles to work on several major label projects. A few years later, a phone call from childhood friend Theron Thomas and his brother Timothy Thomas - a.k.a. the singing/songwriting duo, "Rock City" - convinced the Jugganauts to relocate to Atlanta, where they began working with the likes of Akon and super-producer Rodney Jerkins.

Check out Beanie Sigel's music below:

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