Underrated: "In His Prime, He Was Like Mike Tyson"
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 12:15AM
[Each week, SOHH asks two entertainment personalities to name who they feel is the most underrated emcee in hip-hop. After Jay Sean gave Big L and Pharcyde the title last week, Brooklyn rapper WordSpit crowns Canibus SOHH Underrated.]
I'm not even going to lie to you and I know you're going to think I'm crazy but a real underrated artist, to me, would probably be Canibus.
He's a lyrical beast, especially in his prime. In his prime, he was like Mike Tyson. I remember listening to his records, especially growing up in East New York, before YouTube really took over, we would go block to block and everywhere just battle rapping.
Just to listen to him battle viciously, jump on tracks and tear the track to shreds with some of the most off the wall, craziest stuff was something else. You'd hear his raps and be like, "How the hell did he come up with that?"
That just pushed me to come up with lines and metaphors that other people didn't come up with. I just always felt like he was so underrated. He's a beast.
With the release of his previous indie album "The Coolest Bboi Stance" and the anticipation of new music that is soon to be released, WordSpit is ready to take the industry by storm. Through it all, his honesty and message is clear and his place as a rapper is cemented. If lyricism, stage presence, and innovation are key elements to being a great entertainer, WordSpit is poised to go down as one of the greats.
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