Underrated: "You Have People Like G.O.O.D. Music Bringing Real Hip-Hop Back"
Thursday, Jan 10, 2013 12:05AM
[Each week, SOHH asks two entertainment personalities to name who they feel is the most underrated emcee in hip-hop. After J Star gave Pusha T the title earlier this week, Freeway crowns Black Thought, Common and Mos Def his SOHH Underrated picks.]
I'm the most slept-on emcee! Nah, but real, I do feel like that but with these new projects that I have getting ready to drop, people are going to start recognizing.
As far as other people, definitely Black Thought. He's a monster. You know what I'm saying? Everything that he's put out is quality. Everything that he puts out is quality.
Common is another one that's crazy with the lyrics. Mos Def is another artist that's definitely slept-on that's got a lot of positive messages and lyrics and flow patterns in his music. There's a lot of us out here in the music.
I feel like hip-hop is coming back around with releasing the Nas Life Is Good album and then the Nas, Talib Kweli and Scarface record that came out [over the summer], then you have people like G.O.O.D. Music where Common and Kanye West are bringing real hip-hop to the table.
There's people out there still doing it.
Freeway was part of the State Property collective. An album with the four-member Ice City, Welcome to the Hood, had a low-profile 2004 release. Three years later, Roc-a-Fella finally issued Free's second album, Free at Last. While Just Blaze dominated the production work on Philadelphia Freeway, a cast including Cool & Dre, Don Cannon, Dame Grease, and J.R. Rotem shared the load this time out. Upon severing ties with Roc-a-Fella, he issued the no-frills 2009 album Philadelphia Freeway 2 (Real Talk), as well as 2010's The Stimulus Package (Rhymesayers), a collaboration with Jake One.
Check out Black Thought, Common & Mos Def's music: