Underrated: "He's One Of The Finest Rappers. To Me, He's Never Mashed"
Thursday, May 31, 2012 12:15AM
[Each week, SOHH asks two entertainment personalities to name who they feel is the most underrated emcee in hip-hop. After Russ Parr gave D.O.C. the title earlier this week, Jagged Edge's Wingo names Nelly and Jadakiss SOHH Underrated.]
The most underrated hip-hop artist. I probably would say Nelly because we were in the studio with Nelly one time and he played his album that he was doing [at the time] and he was doing tributes to people. It was different tributes to like New York, or L.A. and this and that.
I tell you this man had some records. He really, really was rapping and the stuff sounded good. It was crazy. I was impressed, and you really don't hear him do stuff like that on regular records. A lot of times it's like your "Country Grammar" type records or your catchy type records. I don't even think that album even came out. It was crazy. We were in New York and he had it going. I was impressed. At the end of the day, I might have to say ol' Nelly. No! Guess who want I want to say?
I retract that statement. Jadakiss. That's my boy, man. I love Jada. I love Jada, man. I'm glad I said that because at the end of the day, Jada is my boy man. He's one of the finest rappers. To me, he's never mashed. I don't know if it's [because] of his image or what, but as far as what comes out of his mouth, it's definitely the truth.
Rough-but-smooth male vocal quartet Jagged Edge formed in Atlanta, Georgia, consisting of identical twin brothers Brandon "Case Dinero" Casey and Brian "Brasco" Casey, who had moved from their native Hartford, Connecticut; Kyle Norman (aka "Quick"), whom they'd met through church activities; and Richard Wingo (aka "Wingo Dollar"), a late addition to the group suggested by Xscape's Kandi Burruss, who took their demo to superproducer Jermaine Dupri. Jagged Edge signed to Dupri's Columbia-distributed So So Def label and in the summer of 1997 released their debut single, "The Way That You Talk," featuring appearances by Dupri and Da Brat; it reached the Top 40 of the R&B chart and was also a pop chart entry.
Check out Nelly & Jadakiss' music below: