Underrated: "He's More Of A Hip-Hop Artist Than Recording Artist. He 'Is' Hip-Hop"

Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 12:15AM

Written by SOHH for Josh Baze

[Each week, SOHH asks two entertainment personalities to name who they feel is the most underrated emcee in hip-hop. After E-Train gave Pep Love the title last week, rapper Josh Baze crowns Andre 3000 and Common SOHH Underrated.]

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I grew up with Andre 3000's music. That was another dude that inspired me. He's another dude from the South, I've never been there but he made me feel like I was from the South.

Andre is one of them. I was really going to mention him. He really made me feel like I was from the South. From catfish to cornbread to cabbage and his lifestyles and how South music was created back then, I think Andre has an amazing voice.

It's not only rapping but he can sing and do hooks. He's always willing to take risks like me. Whatever the beat tells him to do, he'll do it to make himself sound 100 times better. So I think Andre 3000 is an underrated artist.

Another underrated artist has to be Common. Common is a raw, talented hip-hop artist. Common is more of a hip-hop artist than recording artist. Common "is" hip-hop. I think a lot of people focus on the mainstream stuff than the rawness.

I like to give people the raw lyrics but still have the ability to sing and give people the theatrics.

Breakthrough Hip-Hop artist Josh Baze was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York just a few blocks from legendary rapper Biggie Smalls' childhood home. After teaching himself music, he performed at a showcase that put him in the path of producer Griffin Guess (Kanye West, Jay Z, 50 Cent, Eminem). Later that year, he inked a deal with Guess' label Cartel Records and hasn't stopped working since. His debut album, Hi-Heels & Low-Lifes, flirts with the boundaries of music, pulling influences from Hip-Hop, Indie-Alt, Electronic and Rock genres.

Check out Andre 3000 & Common's music below:

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