Underrated: "He's The Father Of Many Styles - 2Pac Started Rhyming Like Him"
Thursday, Oct 4, 2012 12:10AM
[Each week, SOHH asks two entertainment personalities to name who they feel is the most underrated emcee in hip-hop. After Planet Asia gave Black Thought and Pharoahe Monch the title last week, DJ Muggs crowns Scarface SOHH Underrated.]
I would put Scarface in the Top 5's. He's the father of many styles, man. The brother is incredible, inspirational, he's always putting out great music and when people talk about the Top 5 emcees, I never see Scarface in there. I'm like, "What's going on?"
People can say what they want about what I'm about to say but I have 2Pac's demos. We used to know Pac back in the days during the Digital Underground [run]. They were really good friends of ours. But Pac started rhyming like Scarface. You know?
At one point I was like, "You're rhyming like Scarface now." You know what I mean? I think he definitely got inspired by Face too.
At that time coming up, you've got to understand, all the media was in New York. All the television and all the attention was in New York. So coming from Houston, it was a little bit harder to get that media coverage.
You really had to have people who liked you and liked what you were doing because there wasn't any Internet back then.
Muggs was born in Queens, New York of Italian and Norwegian descent. Muggs moved to L.A. at seventeen . He briefly DJ'd for the group '"7A3", putting out one album before disbanding. After linking up with B-Real and Sen Dog to form the group "Cypress Hill", he went on to produce seven studio albums with the group, from 1991 to 2004. Of the seven, four reached platinum status while the other three albums managed to attain gold. Meanwhile, he scored hits on the side with Ice Cube's "Check Yo Self" and House of Pain's "Jump Around." During Cypress Hill's early years, DJ Muggs met The Alchemist and his Dilated Peoples brethren on tour, deciding to take the young producer under his wing, providing a jump-start for his career.
Check out Scarface's music below: