Underrated: "Nobody Was Messing W/ Him - He Was About Getting Money & Staying Fly"
Tuesday, Oct 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 Ace Hood gave Pusha T the title last week, West Coast rapper Mann crowns Ma$e SOHH Underrated.]
Honestly, I'm going to tell you. Ma$e. When Ma$e was at his high in his heyday, nobody was messing with him.
Ma$e was my favorite rapper. From that moment, I used to love Ma$e. I think every kid was having fun at that time and was a big Ma$e fan. I feel like he kind of got slept on because he wasn't the hardest rapper, he wasn't about that gangster life but I feel like he was really key to the industry, key to the game.
It was everything about Ma$e [that impressed me]. Looking back at the videos, they used to be fun. Ma$e used to come out with the dances and everything. He was just cool. He was somebody that girls could like and guys could like as well.
Also, if you do your research, he was cool with some of the biggest rappers. He was cool with Big L in Harlem, one of the dopest rappers. And he was cool with Cam'ron and Dipset and everybody. He was a Harlem and represented Harlem. He was about getting money and staying fly. That's what Ma$e represented and that's why I think he was dope.
The way Ma$e was for Harlem, I want to be the same thing for West L.A.
Art thrives on new voices. Music, in particular, tends to take major steps forward when emerging acts arrive on the scene with a fresh perspective. Emerging from Los Angeles is Mann, a rapper wise beyond his years whose fresh, positive, inspiring outlook on life provides his debut album, Mann's World, with a remarkable vibrancy.
Check out Ma$e's music below: