Zebulon Dak wrote:To me, hip hop's golden age was from about 88 to 97. There's been great stuff made since then (and before, obvs) but those years were the most consistent, 91-94 being the real heart of it, IMO. Where the "new school" really turned into the actual new school. And then Puffy and Master P ruined everything, riding Big and Pac's coattails.
I think 80's hip hop had the most soul, but the skills that were developed over the 90's and 00's is far superior. I actually think these kids doing it right now are more talented rappers by far than we've ever seen, they're just too occupied with making sure they look cool to actually put any real effort into it. It's more important to look like you're hardly even trying than it is to actually do it to the best of your ability. (#swag) It's kind of sickening but whatever, I'm old.
I agree with all of this.
To me Rap/hip-hop should be poetry with a purpose, not ranting and raving about cars or popping bottles. Not that there is anything wrong with that, I personally prefer plenty of substance in the music I listen to.