Top 6 Most Underappreciated Hip-Hop Albums, By Le$
This Week's Topic: Underappreciated albums, mixtapes, songs, etc.
Last year, Le$ released a very good mixtape called The Beautiful Struggle. It was almost entirely overlooked. So, we asked L-E-dollar sign to offer up six albums, mixtapes, videos or songs that were underappreciated as well. Go figure. His answers below.
I believe this album is the most underrated album in the last decade of hip-hop, because it opened the doors for the new wave of artist like Drake, Cudi, Big Sean, etc. Most people wrote it off as Kanye's worst album and an emotional album due to his mother's passing, but most artist's best work comes from real emotions and that album was real.
5. T.I. Trap Muzik
Most people would say it's not underrated due to his success, but I say it was underrated because this album opened up the doors for another genre of Southern artists. In the hip-hop world, TIP invented the trap. No on before him showed such a vivid description of the dope game in the South. The word "trap" was rarely used before TIP, and this CD opened the doors for Jeezy, Rick Ross, Gucci Mane*, etc.
*Note: We're pretty upset about Gucci sneaking in through that open door.
I may be considered "biased" because I'm Slim's artist/protégé, but this album was way ahead of its time. Slim and Pharrell created a sound like no other on this album; it could not be mimicked. From "Like a Boss" to the album cut "Ashy 2 Classy," this album was full of concepts and a sound never heard before, and a sound that was unexpected from Houston.
Lyrically, Slim was on another level and sonically, Pharrell, Mr. Lee and the rest of the producers made an album that may not be appreciated until years to come, but it was definitely underrated.