Underrated: "He F*cking Killed That. It's One Of The Greatest Verses Ever Written In Hip-Hop"
Tuesday, Jun 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 Young Money's Shanell aka SNL named Ryan Leslie last week, The Bangerz's Cutso crowns AZ SOHH Underrated.]
Let me see. There are so many. I think one of them is definitely AZ. I mean people give him his props but he kind of stomped onto the scene with that "Life's A B*tch." He killed that sh*t.
Then he came out with a hip-hop quotable in The Source, "Rather Unique," off his first album Doe or Die. It's a Pete Rock track, look it up, he f*cking killed that. It's like one of the greatest verses ever written in hip-hop in my opinion. It's bold but just listen to the lyrics. It's so crazy. The whole song is insane.
"Life's A B*tch" was my favorite song off Nas' Illmatic when it first came out. That song and "One Love." But "Life's A B*tch" in particular but all of the songs on there were super rugged and super hard and that was the smoothed-out type, classy, getting-paid track.
But it's funny because the hook is so reckless. "Life's a b*tch and then you die, that's why we get high, 'cause you never know when you're gonna go." That's so ingenious.
He was sharp. He was really sharp with it. I just felt like he was just so smooth and sharp. You could almost hear influences of Juice Crew and Big Daddy Kane and Kool G Rap. It was like the gangster-nice guy type of role. It was kind of like an endearing role. I feel like AZ, character-wise, skill-wise, and personality-wise, he was kind of a good complete package.
As the only 6-man DJ and production team to not only make music together, but perform as a whole, The Bangerz have been steadily gaining fame through more than 15 years of experience. With numerous DJ titles under their belt, including the 2001 DMC Regional Champions and 2000 ITF Western Hemisphere Team Champions, they were the first DJ group to utilize a 12-turntable team routine that transcended gimmicks - a feat that turntablism had never witnessed before. This eclectic DJ and production team has experience in every component of the music game from owning 17 Hertz - one of the most successful studios in the Bay Area, to producing hits and DJ-ing with some of the world's greatest.
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