Mainstream rap music? Absolutely. I haven't listened to any rap/hip-hop radio stations in months, maybe even a year. Every time I turn them on just
to see if rap music has hit rock bottom, it's just the most garbage music imaginable. All that is needed to be considered a talented rapper nowadays
is a catchy beat that people can dance to, and a chorus that repeats for the majority of the song. Then when the actual rapping comes around in a
mainstream rap song, most of the lines don't even rhyme, and half of it is just extremely vague lyrics that I can't even understand or relate to.
90s rap on the other hand is all that I listen to. Tupac, Biggie, N.W.A., Ice Cube, early Eminem, Dre, and Snoop Dogg never get old to me, even though
I've listened to most of their albums like 50 times. Eminem's newer stuff is pretty whack too, he's kind of a sell out now, rapping with Lil'
Wayne, Drake, Rihanna, and all of those other talentless "artists". From the few new Snoop Dogg songs I've heard, it sounds like he's sold out
too, no more dope lyrics from him, just beats and choruses. It's not like Biggie or N.W.A.'s music is exactly making people smarter, but at least
they put hard work into their music and the lyrics actually rhyme and there's actually a complex flow, with some theme in each song. If you really
listen and focus on what they're saying, not just those two artists but any of the 90s rap that I listen to, I think your brain is doing enough work
that it keeps people from becoming stupider while they listen. Especially Tupac, his songs actually ask questions about society and address issues
like poverty, war, racism, family, death, religion, the afterlife, etc. I can't say the same about anything mainstream.
Just about any mainstream rap is extremely materialistic, and doesn't really have any themes other than money and dancing. I don't know if the good
rap artists just don't exist anymore, or they're just underground and the stuff that gets popular is only made popular by ignorant teenagers who
only care about a beat and don't even think to listen to the lyrics. It's pretty funny when I'm at school and people are asking me how I haven't
heard the new Wiz Khalifa or Lil' Wayne song, I just think to myself "What is wrong with our idiotic generation"
Whatever, if they want to bob their heads to a beat and honestly believe that Lil' Wayne or any other garbage artists are more talented than Tupac or
Biggie, I'll let them think that. I've had too many arguments with idiots who seriously believe that newer artists are more talented than 90s rap
artists to care anymore. Our generation is stupid when it comes to music, and that's just the way it is.