Underrated: "He Died Before He Had A Chance To Get Big"
Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 12:05AM
[Each week, SOHH asks two entertainment personalities to name who they feel is the most underrated emcee in hip-hop. fter Kendrick Lamar explained why E-40 does indeed deserve the SOHH Underrated crown, West Coast spitters Schoolboy Q and 2Eleven explain why the tragically short career of fellow California rapper Mausberg deserves the shine.]
Schoolboy Q: Most underrated rapper? D*mn. That's a good one. There's a dude named Mausberg. He was signed to DJ Quik. He was one n*gga that anybody that knows what's up on some L.A. sh*t know about.
He died before he really had a chance to get big like that. But he was a hard rapper that spoke about a lot of L.A. sh*t and used a lot of L.A. slang that people outside the area may not know about. But as far as rappers, definitely underrated.
2Eleven: One that I would have to mention is Mausberg. You up on Mausberg? He was just gutter and raw. There wasn't too many n*ggas out here on the West Coast gangsta rap that did it the way he did. I mean, he was like a Compton Biggie to me coming up.
If you go get that Mausberg and listen to that Non Fiction. He talkin' about some real sh*t but he was still lyrical with it. He'd zone out, he's real. One of the realest.
He's underrated because the West Coast shined then the shine was off of us. He came up under DJ Quik and Suga Free and that n*gga DJ Quick is a pioneer, know what I mean? Mausberg was like B. Legit or E-40 for us.
Mausberg was a West Coast rapper from Compton, California who was murdered on July 4, 2000. Described by friend and protege DJ Quik as a "Diamond in the Rough," his hard hitting, gritty portrayal of California life struck a chord with fans and fellow rappers alike.
Check out "Non-Fiction," a track from Mausberg below: