I just want it to 'work.'
There's LPs where the lyrics suck, and the beats are good, and that can still be a good album (e.g. A lot of this Cloud Rap stuff). However, if those same lyrics were put on even better production (like some sick DJ Premier beats), it mightn't 'fit' as nicely.
Personally, the beats have to be at a certain level (even just passable) for me to even listen to the music. I'll listen to different records for different reasons, but if the beats are unlistenable, I don't care what kind of futuristic knowledge you're spittin, you can fuck off.