First of all, I respect the old school, it's where the new school came from, so I can't do nothin' but respect it. With that said, I hate old school rappers. Producers are another story, I prefer old school production, but the rappers, just about every single one of them was overrated. They call them lyricists, when, I hate to say it, compared to rock music of the time, they sucked as lyricists. I understand they were trying to develop something different from all other previous genres, which is why I give them some slack, but to say that Rakim is one of the GOAT's when you don't consider influence as a factor is ridiculous. Commercial rappers right now are more lyrical than 99% of old school rappers. There was more emotion, but way less skill. While I do believe that had artists like Rakim come out in this generation, they'd be one of the best, they just can't compare skills with rappers like Nas and Slug. Anyone else feel this way?