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When it comes to hip-hop, there’s only one thing higher on the list of needs than money and women, and that’s respect. Everyone is looking for some sort of acknowledgement that they are dope in some way, shape or form. However, often times rappers don’t get their correct credit for things and the props of doing a job well done are given to the wrong person. For example, when Diddy spit the, “Don’t worry if I write rhymes, I write checks” line on “Bad Boy For Life,” everyone said he had written the hottest line of his career. They never mentioned that one of Diddy’s artists Mark Curry, also featured on “Bad Boy For Life,” wrote his boss’ verse.

In keeping with this theme, our friends over at The Smoking Section created a list highlighting some of the unsung innovators in hip-hop. Check out an excerpt below:

6. Phonte

Beginning with Little Brother’s debut album The Listening, Phonte has frequently injected a much-needed dose of realism into the Hip-Hop discourse. His relatable, everyman, approach stood in stark contrast to many of his more well-known peers, and served as early inspiration to artists like Kanye West and Drake.

Check out the rest of the list at The Smoking Section.


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