Underrated: "He's Done Tracks W/ The LOX, B.I.G. & Held His Own The Whole Time"
Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 12:05AM
[Each week, SOHH asks two entertainment personalities to name who they feel is the most underrated emcee in hip-hop. After Torae gave Homeboy Sandman and Skyzoo the title last week, New York rapper Ca$hflow crowns AZ, Black Rob and more SOHH Underrated.]
I would say AZ is definitely SOHH Underrated. He was in Nas' shadow for a while, people didn't understand how dope that guy was. I'd also say Black Rob. You have to put Black Rob in there. He's most known for the "Whoa!" record.
Black Rob's music is incredible and his albums had the storytelling. He would tell a lot of dope stories on the albums. I even heard a Rob record recently, I don't remember the name of it, so don't quote me, but Rob's still got it. I heard it a few months ago and I said, "Man, he's still got it."
That album he put out, Life Story, was classic. That story-tellng was on point, one hundred percent. He done been on the huge records, done tracks with The LOX, B.I.G. and held his own the whole time.
That whole Bad Boy era is, to me, arguably the best era in hip-hop. For him to be a part of that, you can only give Rob a title of greatness. A lot of people judge artists on commercial success but lyricism, delivery, flow, he's definitely a spearhead in the whole hip-hop history.
G. Dep could be included in that as well. He had an unfortunate situation happen in his life but lyrically? He was on a high level people wouldn't even understand.
Talib Kweli is someone too even though he eventually got his recognition. I think people kind of get the point now but there was a time where people didn't understand how ill Talib was with those records. There's so many people you could put as SOHH Underrated, even going back to GZA from the Wu-Tang Clan. He's one of the most slept-on from that group.
Check out Black Rob's music below: