Just been thinking lately whether appreciation of an album is different depending on whether you were into hip hop when it dropped or not.
Ive always thought that it makes little difference as the music remains the same but im wondering if i would have a changed appreciation of classics such as OB4Cl, LS, 36 chambers, illmatic if i had been into those artists and seen the reaction to the albums coming out.
another example is experiencing the lyrical change from the old school era to the early 90's when lyrics became more complex. when listening to artists like rakim, wu tang, nas, kool g rap, big daddy kane and krs-one post 95 there are more mc's with decent lyrics to compare them with (not many though).
do you believe that being around when the album came out gives a more truthful appreciation of the music or do you think it doesnt matter at all?