From: Queens, NY
Signature Song: The Beatnuts "Do You Believe?" (1997)
The Beatnuts' catalog is underrated in general but Juju's work is especially slept-on. He was the better rapper of the duo (sorry Psycho Les) and had plenty of worthy quotables like, "Listen to me, it's better to be/Lying dead with honor, soldier, than to never be free." And "Ayo it's ill when I'm heated how my heart stay cold." It was probably the Beatnuts lo-fi, unpolished sound that prevented them from becoming bigger than they were, but here's hoping more hip-hop heads will take notice of JuJu's lyrical stylings. He may not have the platinum plaques, but at least he deserves the props.