Underrated: "He Wasn't Attacking Pistol-Packing Emcees But He Was Saying There Was An Alternative"
Tuesday, Apr 3, 2012 12:05AM
[Each week, SOHH asks two entertainment personalities to name who they feel is the most underrated emcee in hip-hop. After rapper Legacy gave Lupe Fiasco the title last week, New York emcee Sha Stimuli crowns Masta Ace SOHH Underrated.]
For SOHH Underrated, Masta Ace comes right to my mind. Ace was different. In 1993, he took a chance.
I was there as a kid listening to the whole process of his album SlaughtaHouse. It was just the way he approaced it. He wasn't attacking the pistol-packing emcees but he as saying there was an alternative. He was trying to let people know that you didn't have to follow in order to be a good artist.
His singles were different, his stories painted pictures and he did a wide variety of different music. When you listen to that SlaughtaHouse album, you can hear him bragging on records, giving you stories on other records. He had the song "Who U Jackin'" which was about somebody getting robbed.
He painted pictures with the words and he still does to this day. With every song, he paid attention to wordplay and it was very creative the way the songs broke down. I was just learning a lot from his music.
The most important think I learned from Ace is how he put himself into the music. He wasn't influenced by the change of the tide. He wasn't saying, "Okay, I'll sell crack now," [in his music]. He didn't go and get ice because that's what became relevant.
He did throw some fat a**es into the videos but that was part of the life. That's what they did. They threw it in there. For me, that was important because I'm a young kid wanting to rap so if I would have saw him putting on in the booth, I would have thought that's what I had to do too.
I do think you adapt a character when you go on stage, but I think that character is an extension of yourself. It's not somebody totally made up.
Sha Stimuli is a New York rapper widely known for his mixtape releases, beginning with Let Me Show You The Way in 2002, which earned him a spot in The Source Magazine's Unsigned Hype section. Sha Stimuli is the younger brother of producer and rapper Lord Digga, through whom he was introduced to known Brooklyn rappers such as Notorious B.I.G and Masta Ace. In 2008, Sha made headlines for releasing 12 mixtapes in 12 months alongside DJ Victorious.
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