Underrated: "They Should Be Named As One Of The Top Hip-Hop Bands Of All Time"
Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 12:10AM
[Each week, SOHH asks two entertainment personalities to name who they feel is the most underrated emcee in hip-hop. After Obie Trice gave Redman the title earlier this week, musician Likwuid crowns OutKast SOHH Underrated.]
I would say OutKast doesn't get all the shine they deserve. As a collective I feel like Big Boi doesn't get the props he deserves. I feel like people do respect Andre 3000 to some extent but Big Boi was bad a** too.
He was spitting like a lot of people weren't spitting back in the day. I would have to put OutKast as a whole. I feel like throughout the entire OutKast album collection, I always thought that Dre and Big Boi would flip flop a lot as far as who would be the lyrical carrier of the album.
I think on [1998's] Aquemini, every verse that Big Boi dropped was hard. It was like a hard verse on every track. He was always on point and he says a lot of interesting phrases. But then musically, in general, what they do as a group, they should be named as one of the top hip-hop bands of all time.
I know a lot of it has to do with [hip-hop production company] Organized Noise, but them collectiviely, they're one of the best hip-hop bands. I feel like they should always be on that list. Whatever defines a legendary group, they do it.
If you look at Stevie Wonder's career, he was always innovative and always changed his presentation. Look at Prince, he did the same thing. You never know where they're going. As a group, they went from pimp-type hustlers to some aliens to the Aquemini to the Stankonia which was futuristic. You never saw where they were going.
You just don't know what to expect and it doesn't just come out of one brain. I feel like what they do together as a group, it's a perfect balance.
Big Boi can relate to a certain audience and Dre can relate to a certain audience. When you put them together, it's perfection.
LiKWUiD (Stylez) is the stage name of American musician Faybeo'n LaShanna A. Mickens who was born in Columbia, SC and developed into an independent hip hop standout performing artist and freestyler in New York, NY. In 2011, Mickens released the "No Regrets EP" (Sano Business) produced by Italy's Bassi Maestro, after releasing 3 independent projects Likwuidation: The 5th Element (2003), Southern Belle (2006), and Gummy Bears & Champagne (2010), respectively. The "No Regrets EP" has been described by Rap Reviews as a project that "pulls the listener in from the beginning and never lets go, making for a surprisingly deep release chock full of intelligent, thought-provoking lyrics that deal with everything from putting whack rappers in their place to empowering women in hip-hop and in other facets of life."
Check out OutKast's music below: