Underrated: "He's One Of The Dopest In The Game If Not 'The' Best Lyricist"
Thursday, Mar 29, 2012 12:05AM
[Each week, SOHH asks two entertainment personalities to name who they feel is the most underrated emcee in hip-hop. After Ben J gave Game the title earlier this week, New Boyz's Legacy crowns Lupe Fiasco SOHH Underrated.]
Honestly, I'm not going to pick somebody from the 1990's. I have to pick somebody that's a little newers. And I know he's really not considered underrated but I feel this artist has to get a lot more attention. Lupe Fiasco.
Lupe needs to be much more of a superstar than what he already is. I feel like Lupe Fiasco is one of the dopest in the game if not "the" best lyricist in the game. He takes it to a whole 'nother level. I'm talking about listening to his records like Food & Liquor and The Cool.
Even his new album [Lasers] is really good. He's always been on top of his game. Lupe definitely deserves a lot more credibility than what he's gotten already.
No mere glossy gimmick, despite their youthfulness and their novelty hit, the New Boyz were labeled "the Young Teens of Hip-Hop" by the New York Times before they even had an official single out. Earl "Ben J" Benjamin and Dominic "Legacy" Thomas met in the L.A. suburb of Victorville during their freshman year of high school. While initially nemeses, the pair built a friendship over a shared love of rhyme, and constructed a MySpace site to promote their first single, "Colorz." The duo's big break came in the summer of 2009, when "You're a Jerk," a tough but slightly goofy crunk jam built upon a popular local dance called "jerkin'," became a crossover pop hit. The duo followed up quickly in September with their debut album Skinny Jeanz & a Mic. Their sophomore release, 2011's Too Cool to Care, was a more polished affair, influenced by the likes of Flo Rida and Far East Movement.
Check out Lupe Fiasco's music below: