Underrated: "A Big Reason Why He Doesn't Really Get A Lot Of Props [Is] B/C They're Looking For That Classic Album"
Thursday, Sep 20, 2012 12:15AM
[Each week, SOHH asks two entertainment personalities to name who they feel is the most underrated emcee in hip-hop. After Yandy Smith gave Joell Ortiz the title earlier this week, Arkatech Beatz's Jugrnaut crowns Jadakiss SOHH Underrated.]
This is a tough question. If I were to name a rapper for SOHH Underrated, I would have to say Jadakiss.
In terms of being underrated, I think a lot of people love him. They love the lyricism, they love the voice and things like that. I think a lot of times when people are having a conversation, they're saying he's not getting placed where he needs to be put [in the greatest rappers list].
Just look at his body of work and his albums. How can you have your top rappers like your Nas' and Jay-Z's and all of these guys without naming him? All of these guys have what we would call a classic album and we give them the credit.
Then you have some artists who don't really sell as much and we'll say he doesn't have that classic album to put him in that list and I think that's what makes him underrated even though he's one of the best.
I think that's a big reason for why he doesn't really get a lot of the props because they're looking for that classic album. They're looking for that album that has something special and something that could make it a hip-hop classic.
Arkatech Beatz (formerly known as The Infinite Arkatechz and often nicknamed The Arkatechs for short) are a Grammy nominated hip-hop production duo from New York now based in Atlanta. They were affiliated with Loud Records/ Sony Music Entertainment as A&R's in the late '90s and has produced for artists such as Big Pun, Nas, Raekwon, Shawty Lo, Mýa, Alley Boy, Max B and others. The team consists of Mike "Trauma" D & Jugrnaut.
Check out Jadakiss' music below: