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10 Most Underrated Rappers


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#1. AZ
10 Most Underrated Rappers

AZ © Motown

As surprising as it sounds today, AZ's verse on Nas' "Life’s A Bi**h," the sole guest contribution on Illmatic, was his official demo. He followed that brilliant performance with a flurry of street anthems like "Rather Unique," "Sugar Hill," and "The Essence." Despite his smooth flow, unparalleled lyricism, and unquestionable longevity, AZ has never achieved the mainstream recognition of his Firm peers Nas and Foxy Brown. So, to those who think of the 48th state each time they hear AZ, this one's for you: Go pick up his first 3 albums, check out his music videos on YouTube, and you just might discover a new favorite MC.

Honorable Mention
  • Z-Ro
  • Brother Ali
  • Del the Funky Homosapien
  • Blueprint
  • Murs
  • Apathy
  • Bun B
  • Canibus
  • Trae
  • Big L
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