Underrated: "First Time Around, He Was Able To Ride That G-Unit Wave. This Time Around, He's Doing It On His Own Accord"
Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 12:05AM
[Each week, SOHH asks two entertainment personalities to name who they feel is the most underrated emcee in hip-hop. After Ken Lewis gave Joe Budden the title last week, renowned producer Just Blaze crowns G-Unit's Lloyd Banks (rapper) and DJ Khalil (producer) SOHH Underrated.]
The most underrated rapper in hip-hop. That's going to be a tough one. I don't want to say I stopped listening to hip-hop but my head has been in so many places lately that I haven't really had my ear in it like that to really say who's the most underrated.
What I will say and what I can agree with is what a lot of people say about Lloyd Banks. I think his first time around, he was able to ride the G-Unit wave. This time around, he's doing it on his own accord. So it speaks volumes being that that movement isn't what it was a [few years ago].
So seeing him and the success and anticipation that he has right now, I think he's definitely on his way to something big. But being that he is in that situation, can you really say he's underrated at this point? You can't really say that. That means he's highly rated.
In terms of somebody who people are really not checking for, I think my answers a few years ago would have been different. There's artists that haven't been as active like Blu who is really dope. He's been kind of inactive lately.
Forget artists, I'm going to say the most underrated producer is DJ Khalil. As dope as he is, as many great records as he's done, he hasn't gotten that household recognition yet. I think he's on his way.
I think the work me and him put into Eminem's Recovery album is going to give him a little bit more traction to working in the mainstream. Hopefully his underrated status will change in the next year or so. So I would definitely have to say him. He's my favorite producer that doesn't get the shine he deserves. He's an insanely talented dude.
Just Blaze is a world-renowned producer and CEO of Fort Knocks Entertainment, producing records for a variety of artists including Jay-Z, Memphis Bleek, and Freeway. He has produced chart-topping singles including "Show Me What You Got" by Jay-Z and "Touch the Sky" by Kanye West. "Master of the Mix" is created by Smirnoff and produced by GTM. BET/Centric also act as Executive Producers.
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