Underrated: "He's Definitely An Underrated Lyricist, Emcee & Performer"
Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013 12:05AM
[Each week, SOHH asks two entertainment personalities to name who they feel is the most underrated emcee in hip-hop. After Alan Ket gave Mos Def the title last week, rap veteran Masta Ace crowns Wordsworth and MF Doom SOHH Underrated.]
As far as underrated cats, I definitely think my partner Wordsworth has been putting it down for a long time.
Him being down with the "Lyricist's Lounge" TV show on MTV, being down with [hip-hop collective] Punch-N-Words, traveling with me on the road for over 11 years, doing shows, he's definitely an underrated lyricist, emcee and performer.
I get the opportunity first-hand to see him doing his thing quite often and the reaction he gets in front of people who don't know who he is, by the end of the show, they want to buy his record. That's definitely a cat, to me, that jumps out right away.
I think I'm on that list. I think I'm on that list of underrated cats. I don't know if anybody has ever put themselves on there but I feel like I'm on that list as well. And just considering the rhymes, I would say to a certain extent, MF Doom.
I get a lot of people that don't know how lyrical he is and they haven't really taken time to sit down and listen to his stuff. They think it's just some kind of weird, quirky stuff that's really for them. But little do they know, he can spit. And it's good rhyming.
That would be my three for today.
With an impressive resume in rap that includes membership in the legendary Juice Crew (along with Marley Marl, MC Shan, Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie, Roxanne Shante, and Craig G) and a verse on the 1988 classic posse cut "The Symphony," Brooklyn's Masta Ace is truly an underappreciated rap veteran and underground luminary. Two years after "The Symphony," Ace released his debut album Take a Look Around on rap's version of the Motown label, Cold Chillin' Records.
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