Underrated: "[They] Weren't Tripping Off N*ggas From NY Getting Played On The Radios"
Thursday, Aug 16, 2012 12:15AM
[Each week, SOHH asks two entertainment personalities to name who they feel is the most underrated emcee in hip-hop. After I-Octane gave Assassin the title earlier this week, West Coast rap veteran WC crowns Westside Connection SOHH Underrated.]
I've got to put Westside Connection in here as SOHH Underrated. There you have it.
All three of us came in here with me, Ice Cube and Mack 10. Let's keep it 100, when that sh*t came out, you didn't know what was going to come out of that sh*t. You didn't know what was going to come out.
People were like, "Ah, sh*t. ah, sh*t. How can Cube say that? Ah, sh*t. They're tripping! Wait a minute, are y'all serious?"
We had a commercial with the Statue of Liberty throwing the "W" up. That sh*t was real, homie. It could have been grand opening and grand closing for us. It could have went all bad.
Man, it was something else. I would throw Westside Connection in there as an underrated group and even Brand Nubian in there.
Us standing up is what stood out the most. When Death Row was getting down, doing it and 2Pac was already there going at Biggie and Bad Boy, he was screaming "Death Row" and he had a personal problem with Biggie Smalls.
A lot of n*ggas out in New York were our n*ggas and we were f*cking with them at that time. Our problem was with the industry and how it treated us as West Coast artists and didn't give us the just due. They didn't give us our respect.
We weren't tripping off n*ggas from New York getting played on the radios and all that. We've always been a town that played everybody's sh*t. We didn't give a f*ck. It was crazy because we didn't get any spins over other regions. We didn't get spins in the East Coast. We weren't getting the interviews and the write-ups.
It was always some negative sh*t and so we just said, "F*ck it." We knew we couldn't be anybody else so we had to be ourselves. To me, that's what stood out, us standing up.
WC is a rapper most known as a member of Ice Cube's Westside Connection group alongside Mack 10. He also has music dating back to his days in rap groups Low Profile and WC and the Maad Circle. With over two decades of music to his name, WC has put out nearly five solo albums and handfuls of group projects. In addition to music, WC has been featured in films including Friday, Set It Off and Belly 2.
Check out Westside Connection's music below: