Underrated: "They Might Not Have Sold 15 Million Records But They Have An Imprint In This Music"
Thursday, Aug 30, 2012 12:15AM
[Each week, SOHH asks two entertainment personalities to name who they feel is the most underrated emcee in hip-hop. After David Talbert gave Wale the title earlier this week, 112's Slim crowns Common SOHH Underrated.]
I really have to think about this. You want to know who I think is just raw? He probably has experienced mainstream success or whatever, but I just think Common's raw after all these years.
You have artists like Common who, yes he's done movies, but the aspect of hip-hop is a lot of artists are poetic. They do poems and all of that and so when I listen to something I like, it's a cat that actually makes sense.
When I can listen to an artist that's able to make all different styles of music and hear something that's positive, that's what I listen to. Common can uplift women, he can tell you about his hood, he can tell you the good, bad and ugly and then tell you if there's a problem, there's a solution.
He can talk about religion. He can talk about what's going on in the world. At the same time, if it's time to battle, you shimmer and fear to even deal with him.
At those types of situations, I look at someone like Common or Nas. I love artists like that. Complete artists. Somebody like Common and Nas, where they might not have sold 10 or 15 million records but they have an imprint and legacy in this music that people definitely look up to.
I really have to put Common and Nas in there, I'm a really big Nas fan.
After 112 released their fifth album, Pleasure & Pain in 2005, Slim started making solo music. In 2008, he released the single "So Fly", featuring Yung Joc. His debut album, Love's Crazy, was released on November 18, 2008. He is currently the CEO of his own label, M3 Productions and recently released his new Cruisin' Da City, Pt. 1 mixtape.
Check out Common's music below: