Underrated: "He's Up There W/ The Andre 3000's & Jay-Z's
Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 12:18AM
[Each week, SOHH asks two entertainment personalities to name who they feel is the most underrated emcee in hip-hop. After Droop-E gave E-40 the title earlier this week, R&B singer Raheem DeVaugn crowns Black Thought SOHH Underrated.]
This is a tricky question. I don't know if I was prepared for this. I would have to say, for me, my pick is Black Thought from The Roots.
Black Thought should be in a lot of people's Top 10 and Top 5 lists. He's definitely up there with the Andre 3000's and the Jay-Z's and the Kendrick Lamar's. Black Thought is that dude. I'm not saying he's "the" best but he's definitely one of the best lyricists in the game. I stand firm on that.
I don't think The Roots overshadow him. I think it's like Voltron. The Roots are a hip-hop Voltron. To me, they are the equivalent of the hip-hop Rolling Stones. They're the Rolling Stones of hip-hop. They should be in the hip-hop hall of fame.
For Black Thought, I think it's his cadence, his delivery, his thought process, the way he puts together his words, those are all of the reasons why I love Black Thought. He can spit and paint a whole picture. I compare him to a storyteller like a Nas or a Rakim.
He has the type of voice that you don't get bored with.
Whether releasing an R&B mixtape or a full-length album, working on his own project or helping new artists realize their dreams, Raheem DeVaughn continues to explore different ways in which he can spread love through music. In June 2011, he launched his own Internet radio program, "The Raheem DeVaughn Show," on www.blis.fm/raheem that airs every Sunday night. The two-hour show not only features all things Raheem it brings a perspective of what's going on in the world, while blending elements of lifestyle and pop culture for all listeners to appreciate.
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