Underrated: "He Might Wind Up Being The Dopest Emcee In A Tribe Called Quest"

Thursday, Feb 2, 2012 12:15AM

Written by SOHH for Dres

[Black Quest: Each week, SOHH asks entertainment personalities to name who they feel is the most underrated emcee in hip-hop. After Jarobi gave Black Thought the title earlier this week, Evitan's Dres names his sidekick SOHH Underrated.]

Jarobi (SOHH Underrated)

I would have to name Jarobi for my pick as SOHH Underrated. At the end of the day, he's very unassuming as far as what's about to take place right now. He's flying under everyone's radar and that'll all be different this time next year.

We're talking about his emceeing. That's what you're going to see. We're talking about strictly as an emcee. That's the one thing that no one can speak to. I think it will be spoken to. The one thing that no one can speak to will be spoken to.

With that said, I'm going to say Jarobi might wind up being the dopest emcee in A Tribe Called Quest. There's no equal. There's no equal. And I'm not saying that as a slight at all. The catalogue speaks for itself. It's incredible. It's beyond words.

All I'm saying is that's where he comes from. It's now at the point where he can be included with the emcees and discussions. It's first, second and third. Any of those positions are great positions to be but with some people, they're going to identify him as, "Yo, that's my dude!" He's dope. He's dope.

Like I said, I'm not saying this as a slight at all. I love my brothers and I think they're dope but I think Jarobi is an incredible emcee and he's still growing and building. He keeps getting better with each session and that's great for an emcee. It's reflecting that he is a member of A Tribe Called Quest.

Evitan ("native" spelled backwards), the new hip-hop duo featuring Andres "Dres" Titus of Black Sheep and Jarobi White of A Tribe Called Quest, have officially debuted the first single, "P.T.I. (Occupy Wall St.)", from their forthcoming album due out sometime early this year. In 2010, Dres reemerged, releasing From The Black Pool Of Genius, and now the Black Sheep emcee is joining forces with Jarobi, one-fourth of the founding core behind fellow Native Tongues group, A Tribe Called Quest. The duo will release a currently untitled album under the moniker Evitan ("Native" spelled backwards) in early 2012, and the first single from that album is "P.T.I. (Occupy Wall St.)," a song that touches not only the specific happenings of the Occupy movement, but also on the broader feelings of anger, uncertainty, and a desire to mobilize felt by young and old people across the country.

Check out Jarobi's music below:

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