I voted somewhat agree, cause despite the fact they have ****ed up alot of things, they have embraced alot of different groups and musical cultures from time to time. I remember when AMP was still on, that was such a ****ing great show (it was better when they mixed the songs AND the videos together). They had Tricky and Prodigy on fashionably loud once, and of course there was its hey day which was somewhat respectable. I really don't watch it much either, but I'm there was plenty more to respect them for.
And, I STRONGLY disagree about the video taking away from the music thing. I look at the video as an artform that compliments the music, not competing with it. Obviously, I won't blame you if your basing this entirly on MTV, like pop TRL videos, but thinking as if MTV didn't exsist at all, I find the notion of a video coupled with the music VERY interesting.
Also, check this out if your a hip hop fan (it seems to have more to do with african americans, but I'd say this is great news for real hip hop fans of ANY race):
"According to a recent poll undertaken by the National Urban League, nearly 75% of the African Americans polled say rappers don't make good role models. Even more surprising is the fact that 65% of 18-24 feel that their music is negative.. Now on the surface this seems to suggest that African Americans are getting tired of rap.. On the contrary. it may suggest that there is a serious disconnect between what corporations are marketing and what is being enjoyed and sought out by African Americans.. Many folks are growing tired of the bling bling material.. yet the bling bling is what gets played and promoted.. This is a much deeper topic.. So we will discuss this in depth next week.."
Taken from www.rapstation.com
Its about time we had a resergance in real hip hop...