SOHH Whatcha Think: Wale Offers His Pick Of Most Underrated Rap Group Ever

Thursday, Jun 21, 2012 10:25AM

Written by Jeezis Peace

It's always dope to see younger, newer cats in the game salute the vets of this genre we all know and love called hip hop. While discussing his upcoming third LP, MMG rapper Wale tipped his hat to The Roots a music team he went on to cite as the most underrated in the industry.

[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]

According to Wale, not only is the music collective amazing, but their frontman, rapper Black Thought is one of the greatest MCs to do it.

"The Roots are probably the most underrated conglomerate in music," he shared in the interview with Okayplayer. "We're talking about a Hip Hop band with several albums with one of the greatest emcees to ever touch a microphone."(HHDX)

A few years back, The Roots' frontman Black Thought spoke about being often speculated as one of hip-hop's most slept-on emcees and why his low-profile may contribute to a lack of shine. From Black Thought's perspective, today's typical emcee is highlighted for their looks rather than their lyrics.

"A lot of what emceeing has become--like what it has grown to be about--is a lot of artists focusing on the fame aspect. Focusing on living out loud and being in the spotlight. And doing a bunch of interviews, taking thousands of pictures. Just kinda saturating the market with your presence. Not necessarily with your musical presence, but just like with your image. It's all about I , I , I. And I'm just a super, super private person. You know? What I like least about my job is that fact that people might recognize me. Or that I have to take picture and do interviews and sh*t like that. So it's not like I've shot myself in the foot, but it's kinda like a gift and a curse... It's like a double-edged sword." (VIBE)

Rappers and rap groups can become underrated for a number of reasons: Sh*tty promotion, early death, or maybe the music was just ahead of its time. Whatever the case, there are a ton of MCs that hip hop heads love that never seem to be appreciated enough by the masses. Our question of the day: Who, in your opinion, is the most underrated rapper of all time?

[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]

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