Underrated: "He's So Underrated In The Rap Circuit That He Doesn't Even Rap"

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013 12:05AM

Written by SOHH for Blu

[Each week, SOHH asks two entertainment personalities to name who they feel is the most underrated emcee in hip-hop. After Freeway gave Black Thought, Common and Mos Def the title last week, California rapper Blu crowns West Coast musician Gonjasufi SOHH Underrated.]

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Gonjasufi is the most underrated rapper.

Gonjasufi is so underrated in the rap circuit that he doesn't even rap. And when he does rap, it's just crazy.

Gonjasufi. G-o-n-j-a-s-u-f-i.

Oh man. Gonjasufi was an emcee back in the day from California. He put out an alternative record under Warp [Records] and it made a lot of noise. That dude can truthfully beast a microphone if he ever just started wailing off on a rap scheme. If he ever did that, it would be a dangerous situation.

He dropped his first official record at the top of [2010], it's called A Sufi and a Killer.

Sufi really wasn't on the underground or mixtape level, he's been on Warp Records. He's dope.

With his cool-headed SoCal demeanor and everyman charisma, Blu was championed at the onset of his recording career when he collaborated with Emanon DJ/producer Exile for the highly acclaimed LP Below the Heavens (2007). When Below the Heavens first hit shelves in August 2007,Blu and Exile were virtual unknowns in underground hip-hop, but Blu's deft songwriting and Exile's soul-drenched, Jay Dee-influenced production quickly amassed them a national audience. Below the Heavens ended up on many critics' year-end lists and, particularly, launched Blu into the public hip-hop eye. Remaining independent, Blu later turned to Sound in Color labelmate and L.A.-via-Detroit MC/producer Ta'Raach (formerly known as Lacks) for the collaborative project C.R.A.C. Knuckles.

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