Staff Top 10
Top Ten Underappreciated Rappers

By: Henry Adaso

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Posted 03/24/2006 - 07:39:09 AM by mrameche:
 My god... I'm not going to play the how-could-you-forget-so-and-so game, but let's get real here. Canibus?!? The guy has and forever will be a joke. Consider your driveway banana-peeled. And Black Thought is, if anything, overrated. Unbelievable dexterity on the mic, but once his verse is over - and I mean every verse - it's forgotten immediately. Good call on Jean Grae, Pharoah, and Masta Ace, though.
Posted 03/24/2006 - 10:43:19 AM by GavinM:
 I could imagine someone having the same exact list 5 or 6 years ago. I think most of these rappers are past their prime, regardless of their "rating."
Posted 03/24/2006 - 10:53:13 AM by jhitting:
 Mike Skinner
Posted 03/24/2006 - 12:58:44 PM by hunky_dory:
 Mike Skinner? You serious? A great storyteller, yes. A great lyricist, yes. But a great MC? No. To my ears he always sounds about a half-step behind the beat, and he over-enunciates, which probably contributes to his seeming behind the beat. I think a lot of his appeal as an MC, at least for me, has to do with his knack for detail, his heart-on-sleeve honesty, his accent, and his use of slang I've never heard because I'm American. We don't have geezers or birds here.
Posted 03/24/2006 - 03:11:45 PM by AKMoose:
 I'll agree with Hunky Dory here. Assuming we're judging technical ability as a rapper, Skinner is no great shakes. He has other great qualities, but his rapping is a little clumsy. He makes it through on wit and charm, not pure skill.
Posted 03/27/2006 - 12:23:21 AM by HipHopHippo:
 i dont really see GZA as being that underrated...he was the shit for quite a bit of time, and any fan of hip hop knew who the GZA was.....good list though, great choice of AZ
Posted 03/27/2006 - 11:26:47 AM by jhitting:
 Mike Skinner's style is as purposeful as his beats. He's more like a buddy than a rapper, a talker than a spitter. And that's what makes him underrated. No one that listens to The Streets tends to exclaim, "Oh my god, Mike Skinner is such a skillful rapper," but that's the point. His work isn't about demonstrating microphone prowess. He sacrifices his own street cred or whatever you want to call it in favor of the track. And that's why his work is so amazing.