Rappers rock Charlotte Russe dresses, glittery leggings, leather tutus and bedazzled vests in 2013. Somehow, Hip-Hop evolved into a gimmick-fueled reality show. Sad reality, but true, in this audio junk food era where quality music is hidden on the internet. Here are the ten most slept-on rappers alive. Take a look. Photo credit: Instagram
Phonte He’s only the biggest rap star in your apartment complex who, lyrically, is the most slept-on MC in Hip-Hop. Hilarious on Twitter (@Phontigallo) while on tour with incredible Soul collective Foreign Exchange, Phonte is easily your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper.
TiRon Hip-Hop can’t possibly die with TiRon in the game. He’s just too dope for you NOT to know who he is. Jaded with Rap music? Download TiRon's “Ketchup” then move to “A Sucker For Pumps.” You’re welcome. Photo credot: Instagram
Skyzoo Bar-for-bar, Sky-zoo is lyrically-untouchable. Right now, in 2013, there’s no better lyricist than Skyzoo. Better overall Rap artists? Absolutely. But a better rappity-rappin rapper iller than Skyzoo? Nah.
Ab-Soul If Kendrick Lamar is TDE’s general, Ab-Soul’s the Lieutenant who many believe is BETTER than Kendrick. Either way, he’s A) incredible and B) the only rapper you’ll ever hear rap about Ancient Egypt, aliens and b*tches in the same verse. SOUL. Photo credit: Instagram
Action Bronson The Sasquatch-sized MC raps likes he’s standing on a fluffy cloud. At first, you’ll think he sounds exactly like Ghostface, and that’s normal, but you’ll see they’re completely different, lyrically. Intrigued? Start with “Bird on a Wire.” He’s next. Photo credit: Instagram
Black Milk Curtis “Black Milk” Cross has a way with drums—filthy, nasty, sinister snares—that separate him from 99% of producers. Underground famous with rich Detroit roots, you NEED his music in your life. All of it. Photo credit: Instagram
Jean Grae Don’t let the pretty face fool you, Jeanie’s a stone-cold killer on the mic who would melt Nicki Minaj into Barbie goo. Lyrically-vicious (See: “8”), she’s completely-insane in a hilarious way. Follow her on Twitter (@JeanGreasy). You’ll see. Photo credit: Instagram
MF Doom No one cared who Doom was until he rocked the mask (which he never takes off). Recently quoted by Drake, he’s the most musically-brilliant producer/rapper/weirdo in Hip-Hop.
Fly.Union Tribe Called Quest. De La Soul. Outkast. Little Brother. And now Fly.Union. Love relatable Hip-Hop groups? You’ll LOVE Fly.U and their criminally-slept-on album “TGTC.”