Underrated: "He Is Just Criminally Underrated On All Fronts"

Tuesday, Jul 10, 2012 12:05AM

Written by SOHH for DJ Ill Digitz

[Each week, SOHH asks two entertainment personalities to name who they feel is the most underrated emcee in hip-hop. After Adam Bernard gave Del the Funky Homosapien the title last week, Kooley High's DJ Digitz crowns Phonte SOHH Underrated.]

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I don't want to go with someone that [is commonly] named but honestly and chiefly, for me, Phonte is just criminally underrated on all fronts.

I like to consider myself one of the biggest Phonte fans out there. He's truly inspirational to me not just as far as his rise but his whole creative concept and style. It definitely influences the work I bring to Kooley High.

I'm definitely influenced by him and I was in high school when The Listening came out and it definitely changed my life and the music that I like. Even though he gets mad credit, I think he deserves the world because I really look up to that dude.

Any bit of credit that Phonte can get is duly deserved and that's that dude.

I hope he has some more stuff to come and I think him reuniting with 9th Wonder is good for everybody. Props to them and Phonte is definitely one of the best.

Kooley High is composed of six former N.C. State University students, who met on campus by way of hip hop. They started out as a student-run hip hop organization, known as H2O. The North Carolina group is made up of three MCs, Charlie Smarts, Tab-One, and Rapsody, two producers, Foolery and The Sinopsis, and a DJ, Ill Digitz. In 2008, they were introduced in the documentary "One Day" filmed, edited and directed by Napoleon Wright II founder of BecauseUs. Tab-One and Charlie Smarts are also in the hip hop band Inflowential. Rapsody is signed to 9th Wonder's JAMLA Records / It's a Wonderful World.

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