Yeah, mainstream hip-hop is terrible right now. Drake, Kanye, Lil Wayne.... ugh.
Ya gotta rep that MF Doom and MF GRIMM; that Death Grips and Lil B...
Or that's what I've been listening to mostly.
Can we say that Eminem or The Game "still" make music? If so, they are up there with Jay-Z as the best RAPPERs today. If 50 Cent can figure out how to give a f*** about making music again, he'd be the best, he's got all the talent but he's just gotten lazy with his last 2 albums (though he had a few good tracks on each).
Kanye is probably the best HIP HOP artist, but as an MC he's not very good. He' a great producer, a good lyricist, but not great at flowin' (which is fine, Dr. Dre wasn't a great MC either, but I love all two of his albums , plus all the NWA work).
Lil Wayne flows better than just about anyone NOT named Eminem, Game, 50 or Jay...BUT his lyrics are whack, and I am not all that up on his music/beats. This isn't old fuddy duddy syndrome, as I've always liked OLD and MODERN music, but the current era of Pop Rap/Whiny Rock just isn't doing it for me, and what I mean by this "era," I don't mean what "you young kids are listening to now a days" I mean specifically the current musical movement. Since styles of whats mainstream/popular change all the time, I am sure at some point I'll like whatever is modern again.