Underrated: "Around 'ATLiens' He Was Really Breaking Out Of The Hip-Hop Shell"
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 12:05AM
[Each week, SOHH asks two entertainment personalities to name who they feel is the most underrated emcee in hip-hop. After Johnny Walker gave Blaq Poet the title last week, producer Curtiss King crowns Andre 3000 SOHH Underrated.]
When you're talking about the Top 10's, especially for me, I think he's got a lot of love as of recent but I've got to name Andre 3000 for SOHH Underrated. That's my favorite emcee to this day.
I think what appeals to him is the same thing that appeals to me as I'm writing. First of all, he's nostalgic. He draws a lot of inspiration from when he was younger. I like how comfortable his verses are. To me, his delivery is one of the coldest.
I think him and Devin the Dude have that type of delivery and flow, but with him, it's so genuine. You don't ever feel like he's, I don't know how to describe it. You know how sometimes you'll listen to a rapper and it's like they're in the act of rapping? You're listening to somebody who is in the act of rapping. You're not enjoying it.
When I listen to Andre 3000 and Devin the Dude, they're talking to you. They're having a conversation.
I think it was around ATLiens when he was really breaking out of the hip-hop shell. I think the people that are super creative now had to have been in that hip-hop shell before. I think when he got on ATLiens and Aquemini, he really started to find himself. He was more on that, "Accept me for who I am or you just won't be a fan."
That's when I really started respecting him as a fan and when I started relating to him on a personal level. I started listening to him and thinking, "Wow, he's saying everything that 'I' want to say in the way I want to say it."
Hailing out of Inland Empire, California, Curtiss King has pioneered a unique sound not only through his lyricism but with his production as well. Ranging from soulful sample chops to aggressive synthesizers, one can instantly identify a Curtiss King beat when the drums are introduced. Curtiss King describes the combination of heavy percussion and his aggressive heartfelt lyricism that accompanies as his "Therapy". His warning? Enter at your own risk. This is music without limitations and where one is expected to expect the unexpected.
Check out Andre 3000's music below: