Underrated: "Lil Wayne, Birdman & New Orleans Rap Doesn't Evolve Without Him"

Thursday, Oct 6, 2011 12:15AM

Written by SOHH for Murs

[SOHH features a new entertainment personality each week to speak on who they feel is the most underrated artist. After Miss Tila gave Chamillionaire the title earlier this week, rapper Murs names former Hot Boy Juvenile SOHH Underrated.]

Juvenile (SOHH Underrated)

Wow. I'm going to kick myself in the a** later for this because I'm going to name somebody and then think of somebody else. But, it's f*cking Juvenile.

I love New Orleans rap. I'm the guy that bought every Hot Boys record. I'm the guy who bought every Lil Wayne record before everything. I say the change in Lil Wayne and the evolution, where he's at in his career, none of that happens without Juvie. Birdman doesn't happen with Juvie. New Orleans rap doesn't evolve without Juvie.

There was No Limit [Records] and Mystikal, technically making hit songs and just being an emcee with a different style. But when you look at the "Ha" music video and bringing the projects to the rest of America, it's incredible. I remember seeing the "Ha" video and thinking, "What the f*ck is going on?" I got so involved in New Orleans rap. It was this guy with gold teeth next to a yellow Ferrari and he's not even rhyming his words. Is that a chorus? He didn't come out with "Back That A** Up" [yet], he came out with "Ha" and it was different and authentic. I heard the [Jay-Z] remix had to be mailed in. He was like, "I don't need anybody on my remix."

Then he came through with the hit songs and commercial records. He could rap his f*cking a** off. I remember taking the bus to go and buy his [400 Degreez] album. I heard them talking on Rap City saying how every song on the record has a different beat and style. So I was like, "Yeah right." But listening to it, everything was different. Then you hear B.G. rap, Wayne rap, Turk rap and all these guys rapping for the first time and then comes the skits.

It was just a different planet. They had done other records and I went back and got the other Hot Boys records but Juvie broke through. He was the one who took Wayne on tour. He never gets recognized as a godfather. I respect everybody, but Juvie is that dude.

Murs first appeared as a solo artist in 2003, after nearly a decade of working with various groups in the underground. He currently has an album titled Love & Rockets, Volume 1: The Transformation slated to drop October 11th, 2011.

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