Neither legendary nor forgettable, these unsung rap heroes are rarely honored for their invaluable contributions to society. Some more culturally-influential than others, we’ll never understand why they’re not more celebrated than they are today. Here are the ten most unappreciated rappers ever. Take a look.
Young Dro - Very few human beings have a more colorful mentality than Dro—trap philosopher and painter of mental masterpieces. Before Dro, Whirlwind-blue, Sad-blue and IHOP-blue weren’t colors that existed. Now, 43% of southern rappers swear they’re Dro. Pay homage.
Big Boi - ½ of iconic Hip-Hop duo Outkast, AntwanLuciousLeftfootDaddyFatSacksPatton has always been unfairly trapped in 3 Stack’s glittery shadow. Famously slept-on, Big Boi’s effortless wit and razor-sharp flow were always respected but never enough to detach him from Outkast.
Project Pat - It will never matter that he raps like there’s a period between every word. Project Pat-tah is, and will always be, for the people. Without the wonderfully-ratchet “Chickenheads”—a true American classic—the world would be colder and crueler than it already is.
Ja Rule - There was a time, lifetimes ago (before 50 ended his everything), when Ja was a Thug&B superstar, beloved by millions. Most won’t admit to singing “Put It On Me” at ignorant levels in the shower, but HE paved the way for successful rapper/crooners like Future Vandross and Drake.
Trick Daddy - No rapper was more important to their city’s success than Mayor Daddy Dollars, who put international superstar Pitbull, man-boob model Rick Ross and Trina on. Lover of kids, Polo apparel and fish sammiches, Trick made timeless holey-drawls classics for the streets.
Malice (The Clipse) - Malice will always be Luigi to Pusha T’s Mario but deserves his own appreciation day for overlooked lyrical gems on classic albums. Without him, there’s simply no Clipse.
Noreaga - Nore’s a classic example of a terrible, yet charismatic rapper with impeccable (Neptunes) production. At one point, N.O.R.E. was the face of NY Hip-Hop (for like 19 days) with hits that soon turned into classics but never seemed to gain the recognition he deserved.
Cam’ron - Killa Cam is either the greatest or worst rapper you’ve ever heard, at any moment, who once said he gets "computers putin." Hate or love the wildly-inconsistent Harlem MC, you have to respect his underrated catalog.
Redman - Known more as Method Man’s BFF with the impoverished lifestyle (as seen on “MTV Cribs”) than a dope MC with classic records, Red will always be one of the most underrated (and funniest) MCs ever.