Freeway Declares Black Thought The Most Underrated Emcee

Freeway names Black Thought and others as the most slept-on emcees in the game.

Philadelphia emcee Freeway stunned fans last year with his critically acclaimed fourth solo album Diamond In the Ruff. Now, in a recent exclusive via SOHH, the "Flipside" spitter weighs in on the most underrated artists in Hip Hop.

Philly Freezer explained that he believes The Roots frontman Black Thought is one of the most slept-on lyricists in Hip Hop, along with Common and Mos Def. Freeway added that he feels like these artists - as well as Nas and the G.O.O.D. Music roster - are helping usher in a new era of lyrically-inspired Hip Hop.

"As far as other people, definitely Black Thought [is underrated]. He's a monster," he said. "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."

He continued, "I feel like Hip Hop is coming back around with releasing the Nas Life Is Good album and then the Nas...and Scarface record that came out [DJ Khaled's "Hip Hop"], then you have people like G.O.O.D. Music where Common and Kanye West are bringing real Hip Hop to the table."

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47 Comments

  • savehiphop

    http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/black-though-common-mos-def-talib-kweli/

  • truth

    How is this newsworthy?

  • Anonymous

    MOST UNDERRATED: Black Thought 2ND MOST UNDERRATED: Ghostface Killah

  • MalcolmLittle

    K-Rino, the realest emcee you never heard of...and I ain't talkin "real" as in that bullshit image of realness that niggas like to buy into, if you got your head twisted on right you'll feel what I mean. Anyway...fam got 25-30 years in the game, around 25 albums, and will make your fuckin head pop off with some of his song topics. Not that I disagree with Free at all though cuz Black Thought's that nigga without a question and should def. get more props than he does, just thought I'd toss another name in the hat real quick that not as many people are up on.

  • Anonymous

    BAD LYRICS ARE LIKE FUCKED UP NOTES IN A GUITAR SOLO OR LIKE A OFF KEY SINGER

  • Anonymous

    I WANT LYRICS THAT MAKE ME STOP IN MY TRACKS FUCK BORING LYRICS

  • Anonymous

    IF CASSIDY BEATS MEEK MILL THAN LYRICS WIN

  • Anonymous

    I WANT DETOX TO BRING RAP BACK

  • Anonymous

    i want chilled out music fuck good music

  • Anonymous

    I WANT A LYRICAL CONTORTIONIST

  • Anonymous

    doesnt matter who brings it back just step the bars up

  • Big bang theory

    Yes he is Black thought is a beast. That Undun album gets bettter with every listen. Black thought got bars.

  • Anonymous

    I've actually felt this way for awhile, its refreshing that other people feel the same way, in my opinion Black Thought is in the top 10 greatest lyricists of all time,

  • Love Sosa

    AZ too. He's probably the most underrated MC. He was on top 10 most underrated MC's rap.about.com http://rap.about.com/od/artist1/ss/UnderratedMCs_10.htm

  • Anonymous

    Friends, Romans, countrymen lend me yo' eardrums It was a beautiful day off in the neighborhood Yellows and greens and blues and browns and greys and hues that ooze beneath dilapidated woods Ain't a thing could explain what pertains to cocaine it's a stain that rain See summer roll around niggaz holla bout change Then they steady move them ki's like Bob James Cause old man winter's arrived, the temperature dives November just died, December's alive Thus it ain't no typical ride Just individual's way to bring home the bacon when bacon was all gone Makin it our own, takin me all wrong We've all indulged in the bulge of those no-no's No you ain't solo, it's even lower levels you can go Take sun people, put 'em in a land of snow

  • honest policy

    Black Thought been that nigga since Organix him and Malik B. aye if you aint seen him freestyle on tony touch mix show youtube that shit quick that nigga destroyed that shit completely.

  • Anonymous

    man i been knew he was top 10 period

  • styles g

    Hard to disagree with Freezer. Anyone who really knows their sh!t knows Thought is a straight up beast!! Underrated and under appreciated.

  • Fish

    My most underrated MC is definitely Novi Novak. Brilliant lyrics and flow, but turned down the major labels so people don't know about him.

  • Anonymous

    definitely black thought mos def and kweli immortal technique saigon saul williams zach de la rocha brother ali jay electronica honorable mentions wale curren$y dice raw mf doom the entire wu tang clan blackalicious gift of gab lyrics born lateef bonus overrated meek mill rick ross asap rocky tyler the creator big sean lil wayne wiz khalifa and almost any other crap on the radio

  • Lil Monsta & Shrugga Pritty

    No. That would be Gift of Gab.

  • Milehighkid303

    Black Thought is the only reason I check for the Roots....completely agree with the comment below they are in THIER OWN LANE and the shit works.....Black Thought has bars for days and paints unreal pictures through the words.

    • Anonymous

      He's the only MC still in The Roots, who else would you be checking for? Malik B. left in like 1999 or something

  • Anonymous

    Black Thought making that Jimmy Fallon money by the week. But I've seen Tariq have lyrical blackouts so many times you can't ever say he's wack, the Roots alone is a whole different lane of their own, and it's working. Way outside the box for these basic ass rap fans.

  • nuc

    RAKIM NAS BLACK THOUGHT MOS DEF BROTHER ALI

  • Anonymous

    i was thinking this when reading that nas article. while i still agree w/ the outcome people always forgetting how dope black thought is, but its probably cause he's in roots

    • SCHWARZ

      NOW U C WHAT I'M SAYING

    • Shimon tha Guru

      Correction* However I do agree that we'd go nutzo over a solo album with the plethora of possibly producers that would be more than willing to do something for him.

    • Shimon tha Guru

      I can bet that the Hip-Hop World is on Black Thought and have been for some time now. The height of popularity of our favorite most known unknowns is only determined by the industry suits. If Black Thought actually went solo, I think he would be in the same boat as he's in now, as the same musically for Common and Yasiin Bey(Mosdef)among many others. The best thing The Roots did compared to ANY other group or artist recognized by the hardcore hip-hop world is entering into the Late Night TV scene. JF is arguably the most popular show on late night and essentially this "underground" legendary group is only increasing the views among the demographic who's always been behind them and few whom never heard of prior. I personally think none of our favorite artists will ever gain the radio popularity as some of the lucky lyricists such as Lupe, J.Cole and Kendrick. But times are a changing once again in the industry and I think the majority is looking for this type of thing. Lets cross our fingers and hope it changes for real. - ONE

    • SCHWARZ

      OR THEY PAY MORE ATTENTION TO WHAT'S IN THEIR FACE ALL THE TIME TRUST THAT IF THOUGHT SAID THAT SOLO IS A GREEN LIGHT, THE HIP HOP WORLD WOULD PAY ATTENTION & I SAID ATTENTION, NOT BUY IT

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