Filed under: Face Off,Features,Not Your Average,The Unkut Opinion
Written by: Robbie Ettelson
It’s one thing to shit on all these over-the-hill MC’s that need to put down the mic, but what about the flipside of the equation? The fact is, there are a rare breed of rapper dudes who didn’t peak on their debut and have actually developed into better lyricists over the years. Crazy talk, right? Not at all….
Rap’s Most Improved:
Sean Price – P was solid in his Heltah Skeltah days when he was just Ruck, but let’s be honest – he didn’t really stand-out amongst the crowded Boot Camp Click roster back then compared to the way that Jesus Price demands your attention ever since he returned as a show-stealing soloist.
Edo G. – As much as ‘I Got Ta Have It’ is a certified classic, Edo has evolved throughout his long career from a promising freshman into a seasoned veteran without missing a step, and has continued to prove that he’s currently capable of recording far superior verses to his early output.
Phife – The 5 Footer was fuckin’ awful on the first Tribe record, apparently due to the fact that he spent too much time running around in the streets while Tip was hard at work in the studio. I guess he realized that his rhyme game was lacking when he listened to People’s Instinctive Travels and hit the pen and pad hard in an attempt to get his verbal weight up. Low End Theory is proof that he stepped up to the plate and knocked it out the cot-damn park.
Masta Ace – His first album with Marley Marl was pretty good, but when he dropped Slaughterhouse he managed to combine parody with lyrics of fury to produce something that’s virtually impossible – a rap concept album that actually knocks! He also laid down the blueprint for some guy called Marshall Mathers to develop his flow technique.
Jay-Z – Went from tongue-twisting nonsense to the most influential of our time. Some say he’s lost his focus but BP3 will decide that.
Kanye West – I do my best to ignore this character, but word on the internets is that he’ll murder you on your own shit if you let him do a guest spot. I’ll admit that he sounds slightly less retarded than he used to though.
Cormega – From a slightly awkward delivery in his early days, Mega now commands your ear whenever he steps into the booth with a mixture of brutal honesty, impressive vocabulary and an air of QB nonchalance.
Ghostface – As great as Ironman is, something happened between then and Supreme Clientele that elevated Starks from Raekwon‘s partner in crime to certified genius, as evidenced on ‘Nutmeg’ and ‘Mighty Healthy’.
Who did I miss?
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