Underrated: "Biggie Smalls Was Able To Do That. 2Pac Was Able To Do That. He Was Able To Do That."
Thursday, Feb 9, 2012 12:15AM
[You Came Up: Each week, SOHH asks two entertainment personalities to name who they feel is the most underrated emcee in hip-hop. After Nems gave props to the late Big Pun, Capital Punishment contributing producer Mike "Trauma" D crowns the fallen heavyweight SOHH Underrated.]
I have to go with Big Pun for SOHH Underrated. I still can't say that "Dead in the middle of Little Italy" rap.
He really looked up to Kool G Rap. G Rap was one of his favorites. You could tell in his wordplay and how fast he would rap.
One thing I tell my people and a lot of people who ask me about hip-hop is there's good artists and there's great artists. Now the difference with a great artist is if they can make the hardest street record and everybody loves it, respects it and think it's the hottest street record and then turn around and make a mainstream, fun record, when you can do both of these kinds of records? When people can love both sides of your music, fully? That's when you've become a great artist.
Biggie Smalls was able to do that. 2Pac was able to do that. He was able to do that. But not too many artists can do that. Not too many artists can do both of those types of records and make people not think, "Oh, he's doing this to be mainstream." A lot of artists may try to do it now but it doesn't come off a genuine. It comes out as a radio-sounding record.
The thing about Pun is you knew he was genuine. You knew that he was genuine and you couldn't f*ck with him. That's what made him so great. He could do the street, grimey records and then make records that all of the women would love without changing up.
Pun was a perfectionist. There aren't too many artists who are trying to really work on that. He would stay in the studio and really work on that. An artist now, they don't even care and just spitting whatever so they can go out to the club.
Arkatech Beatz (formerly known as The Infinite Arkatechz and often nicknamed The Arkatechs for short) are a Grammy nominated hip-hop production duo from New York now based in Atlanta. They were affiliated with Loud Records/ Sony Music Entertainment as A&R's in the late '90s and has produced for artists such as Big Pun, Nas, Raekwon, Shawty Lo, Mýa, Alley Boy, Max B and others. The team consists of Mike "Trauma" D & Jugrnaut.
Check out some Big Pun music below: