After rap duo The Cool Kids named hip-hop veteran Cormega their pick for SOHH Underrated, the Queensbridge, New York emcee has hit up SOHH to share his reaction to the accolade.
Accepting the co-sign, Mega also offered to work with the Cool Kids on new music.
“First and foremost, tell the Cool Kids I appreciate that and let’s do something,” Mega told SOHH. “I don’t need any money or nothing. I’ll do a song with them for free. I like respect. See, respect feels good. I’ll do a song with them for free. I appreciate that. I kind of like being underrated. You gotta understand, when I do my shows, there’s a lot of young people that f*ck with me. There’s people that f*ck with me on Twitter and they’re like, ‘Yo Mega, what’s the age limit because I’m 18 and I’m trying to get in.’ So a lot of young people f*ck with me. And that surprises me sometimes — I do think I’m one of the most underrated artists. Ever. [Especially] when you look at what I bring to the table. Tell me another artist that did ‘Soul Train’ and the Apollo Theater. I did ‘Soul Train,’ Apollo Theater and Central Park. I’ve done shows with Big Pun. I’ve recorded with Nas. I’ve recorded with KRS-One. If you name the greatest group ever, I’ve probably worked with 90 percent of them. The LOX. Mobb Deep. Dogg Pound. Boot Camp.” (SOHH)
Cool Kids’ Chuck Inglish credited Mega’s lyrical style and flow for earning the most slept-on crown.
“You have to say that Cormega was underrated. [He’s] a good example of [an] underrated [artist]. It was everything about him, from his spitting and his flow. If you listen to him, it’s his concepts and everything that he was saying, especially with the creativity. Cormega was Nas‘ big homie. If you think about it, he was the Nas before Nas was even Nas. “What’s going on, where’s Cormega?” Nas shouted him out on the first sh*t [Illmatic]. Cormega was already the king of that so he’s gotta get named SOHH Underrated.” (SOHH Underrated)
Initially leaning toward fellow New York rap vet AZ, Mikey Rocks also named Mega SOHH Underrated.
“The most underrated? D*mn, that’s a good question. Since we’re talking about rappers, there’s a few out there that I could name. I think my man AZ was underrated but he had a good run too. I still don’t think he popped as hard as he should have. But for SOHH Underrated, we’d have to say Cormega.” (SOHH Underrated)
The Queens rapper is most known for his independent hustle through the 1990’s.
An underground and critical favorite, Cormega was the rare hardcore rapper to win praise from all directions, and while he never quite crossed over like some of his New York City peers, he maintained a respectable independence over the years nonetheless, self-releasing his work on the Legal Hustle label. Born Cory McKay, Cormega grew up in the same Queensbridge housing projects that were home to a generation of rappers, most notably Nas, Mobb Deep, AZ, and Tragedy Khadafi, and a previous generation that famously included Marley Marl and the Juice Crew. (All Music)
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