Underrated: "What He Did In Hip-Hop For Toronto Got Overshadowed By Drake"
Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012 12:15AM
[Each week, SOHH asks two entertainment personalities to name who they feel is the most underrated emcee in hip-hop. After Schoolboy Q and 2Eleven gave late rapper Mausberg the title last week, RepJa clothing co-founder Prince Graham (left) crowns Kardinal Offishall SOHH Underrated.]
When it comes to people that I feel are underrated because people don't show enough love to them, I have to name my boy Kardinal Offishall. Kardinall is my pick for SOHH Underrated.
Kardinal is a real emcee and he's the essence of hip-hop. I would have to say he's super underrated. For hip-hop heads? Kardinal is super underrated.
You can't just name one key characteristic when it comes to him. It's the lyricism. It's the flow. It's everything. He's just a dope lyricist. The fact that his career has been what it is and looking at everything he's done is crazy. What he did in hip-hop for Toronto got overshadowed by Drake because Drake's [a big star too] and I feel like he's just really underrated.
He's been pioneering hip-hop for Toronto. He's like an O.G. for that and also mixes in his Caribbean influence with the music. I've always been a fan. I have a whole list of people I think are underrated but Kardinal Offishall is definitely one of the first that comes to my mind.
RepJA is a groundbreaking clothing line that ushers the vibrant and colorful world of Jamaican culture into a new era of edgy and artistic international expression. RepJA clothing blends American street wear influences with nuances of Jamaica's thriving mix of music, language, reggae dances and culture. In contrast with traditional Jamaican clothing lines, RepJA breaks out of the red, gold and green box and explores a wide range of designs that appeal to a broad audience, with an ear-to-the-streets twist.
Check out Kardinal Offishall's music below: