Underrated: "Mentally, He's On A Genius Level"

Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 12:15AM

Written by SOHH for Lee Bannon

[Each week, SOHH asks two entertainment personalities to name who they feel is the most underrated emcee in hip-hop. After Too $hort gave himself and E-40 the title earlier this week, rapper Lee Bannon crowns Blu SOHH Underrated.]

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I feel like a lot of artists like Common and Prodigy have had their shine and have been around for a while. But I would rather go with a different approach and choose somebody new like Blu.

Blu is really, really underrated. He has love and a lot of things like that but I think he's really, really underrated. I would say him just because mentally, he's on a genius level.

For the stuff he's done and what I've heard, I would have to say Blu. I feel like he's a part of the newer generation. Blu's like a part of the new Black Thought's and artists of that caliber.

I would say his delivery stands out the most. I think there's two elements in hip-hop. I look at it like singing almost. You have to have a voice for it. If your voice don't sound proper, then it takes a while to get used to it. I feel like it's a required taste to it sometimes.

Your voice is one of the most important things. So first, I think he has the voice that projects. And then he can ride the record right.

With those two elements, sometimes you don't even have to have your rhymes right, which we know from a lot of rappers that exist now. If you have those two elements, then your rhymes don't have to be on point that much. But he actually has his rhymes on point.

Those three elements make Blu what he is.

Lee Bannon is a hip-hop producer from Sacramento, California. His work is spread along the vast hip-hop scene and he has worked with the likes of Talib Kweli, The Alchemist, Big Shug of Gangstarr, Planet Asia, Krondon Phil Da Agony Mitchy Slick Strong Arm Steady, The Jacka, U-n-i, GOOD Music artist, Consequence, Talib Kweli, Wu-Tang's Inspectah Deck, Curren$y, Saigon.

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