Underrated: "Lyricists Know Who's Dope. N*ggas Play Oblivious But They Know"
Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 12:05AM
[Each week, SOHH asks two entertainment personalities to name who they feel is the most underrated emcee in hip-hop. After DJ Digitz gave Phonte the title earlier this week, rap veteran Ras Kass reveals Chino XL and Royce Da 5'9 are in a two-way tie for his SOHH Underrated.]
Chino XL is a pure entertainer. I've seen him at his shows and he can deliver, with his vocals, the same way Busta Rhymes can. Sh*t that you think a n*gga would have [trouble with] in the studio to say it, same way with Twista, this n*gga can really say that sh*t and be crispy and have breath control. That's a talent within itself.
Just because people don't always play it on the radio or it's not always at the club, it does exist. He can say some wicked sh*t. My third criteria is he's a good human being. He's a solid dude. I would give it to him.
Royce Da 5'9 is just an incredible emcee. But so is everybody in Slaughterhouse. I've known him for a long time and I know his manager as well. So I'm aware of his music. I remember coming out of prison and living with Xzibit, coming out of the record store with "Make It Count (MIC)." I hadn't even seen him, I just hit him like, "Yo, this sh*t's banging!" Xzibit got on the phone singing the song.
The world makes you popular and puts a lot of money in your pocket. Lyricists know who's dope. N*ggas play oblivious but they know. Crooked I is definitely underrated, he's a talented brother, but it's the same thing I would say for Royce, Ras Kass, Canibus, anybody. There's a lot of talented dudes.
I didn't name a Slaughterhouse member secondarily because they're getting that exposure now. It's coming. They're all a beast. There's enough very talented people who haven't gotten a chance to get the crown or get into contention for the throne. They're all valid and they're all talented people.
Ras Kass, a member of the Soleside Crew, is one of the dopest MC's to grace a microphone in a long time. His ability to freestyle combined with his uniquely offbeat flow, makes him almost untouchable on any stage he graces (East Coast, West Coast, the South, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, New York, Tokyo, Kyoto, Frankfurt, Paris, etc....). Freeflowing MC's come and go but the thing that sets them apart as great is lyrical content. And that, he has.
Check out Chino XL & Royce Da 5'9's music below: