Seems like the last 3-4 years and especially this past year and a half lyrics have really taken a back seat in hip hop......As I watch the Rap City on TV it seems like 98% of the guys on TV are terrible rappers, who seem less concerned with what they are saying and are more concerned about the catchy hook of the song and latley even a dance step...urgh. While lyrical cats struggle to get signed, rappers like D4L, Lil John, Young Joc, Dem Franchise boys are what the labels are looking for. Rappers who may not be able to rap that well, but are capable with coming up with catchy hooks, and play well in the disco. I Cant remember a time where the mainstream rappers where so bad, and by bad I mean, terrible unskilled mc's. Even if you look back to around 2000 cats like Eminem, Jay-Z, Dmx, etc made somewhat commerical songs that dominated the charts, they were actually all somewhat skilled rappers, even if you did not like their popier singles. Today that is not the case, it seems like rap has hit and all time low for skilled Mc's that are on the charts. I am sure that there is not any less skilled rappers today, but it just seems that anyone who spits lyrcis is just not getting signed by majors, they labels seem like they do not want "lyric" MC's anymore......I guess it is easier to sell and market hooks, disco beats, and now dance moves by disposable so called rappers
I believe the days of the mid 1990's will never return where artists would release gritty lyric fueled singles like Nas, Wu tang, Biggie, etc dominated the rap charts
.....but do you guys see a return to lyrics in mainstream rap, because the direction it is taking is towards pop, hook laden, un talented rappers?
Where do you see hip hop going because it seems to be at its all time creative and artistic low