That’s the question of the day, at least in my book. One half of The Neptunes and 1/3 of the American rock, funk and hip hop group The N.E.R.D.S. (No one Ever Ready Dies), producer and vocalist Pharrell Williams tend to think so.
“Game is one of the most underrated emcees ini the game,” Pharrell said in an interview. “Pun intended. He is, he is. I mean the things that that kid says? [He’s a problem,] he really is man. West Coast mentality with an East Coast understanding. He’s just, he’s a quintessential emcee. I’m sorry, he’s one of the best. Just because he is, you just would never know that. But that guy, and he has like maybe 30 or 40 records right now [for The R.E.D. Album]. So he’s just picking the best 12. I mean, we worked on a huge body of work. And he has some great records from Dr. Dre, he has some dope records from Cool & Dre, he worked with [DJ Premier.]” (Hard Knock TV)
Although Game does not believe he is underrated, he explained why Pharrell may have tagged him as such.
“Most underrated rapper? I’ll take it if it came from Pharrell,” Game said. “The reason he probably said that is because he knows what I’m capable of. I don’t think I’m ‘underrated,’ because you can’t sell as many records as I’ve sold being underrated. I just I don’t think I get as much notoriety because I don’t do the things that other rappers do…I quit wearing chains and jewelry and sh*t. I don’t go to award [ceremonies], you don’t see me on the red carpet. I’m not off in the clubs, I don’t go to — Miami for Memorial Day and hang out with the sluts. I don’t do that. I’ve got kids and people to take care of. I’ve got things that occupy my time other than the facets of the everyday ‘rapper life’. That’s just not me.” (Hard Knock TV)
Well what you do you think? What do I think? Heck yeah. Game’s a beast. But he’s not industry, as the true beasts aren’t. I definitely think Game with go down as one of the most underrated EMCEES from the West Coast.