I have to say rap is at a alltime low. After peepin the new 50 cent and really thinkin about this form of music I think that its becoming one of the most irrelevant forms of music. For starters rap is pop now. Everyone wanna come up tell you the same story a different way no one is original at anything , look at the top singles of the day and you got garbage just hooky songs wit no substance. And most of them have been done in another way thats damn near identical. ie( candy shop & magic stick) Second some might say well pop and all that other "dance" trl music is real trash but at least the music is positive. In rap all we getting now from the big sellers is straight brainwashing dumb trash music. All these new rappers want to do is tell you why their better than you, or how they are richer than you and or tell you how they had it hard. I mean these three points basically sum up the majority of platinum selling artist in rap for the last couple years with few exceptions. Next you got the idea that mixtapes is the best way to come up. Yea it was when it was for the love of music. But now look what you got "best of tape " hell "worst of" now its like instead of challenging artists to come up with some good songs quality stuff the industry demands you to work with 16s thats come and go. Theres no longevity and without that there wont be no listening to a LLoyd Banks freestyle when your old? I honestly dont believe there could ever exist a rap station dedicated to oldies cause the game dont produce albums like that but so often because of the way we the fans allow it to be. Rap albums in general dont do much these days nor have staying power. Without dropping new material a rapper would quickly be forgotten. Thats sad cause its like the rapper instead of producing good music is always on a stance where they got something to prove. Rap needs a overhaul starting with the fans and then with the artist cause the bottom line is business will always ruin something thats good by trying to duplicate it. What drove me to really crazy is look at right now, in hiphop whats happening. You got 50 cent dissin Jadakiss, Nas and Fat Joe. Heres a man who claims to have had it hard and hates Ja rule for what Ja Rule did but acts like he wants to battle people. On the track he tells Jada not to try him or he'll blackball him at the label. What gets me is heres the same shit that he had done to him and he blasted Ja Rule for now he wants to do that to a hiphop veteran. Jada been in the game for years and you got the average hiphop head sayin yea 50 cent could take Jadakiss its a damn shame people dont recognize longevity. That goes back to people being forced to put out new material or they'd be forgotten(ie Big L). All 50 cent is , is a popular version of Kiss without the skills. Then you got two pop-rappers of the century battlin to say whose real. Chingy v. Nelly. Wow really . This is why rap is garbage. Once in a while Nas pops up and drops some heavy potent shit, you get a Scarface album which gets you back into it, you get some real hood albums from a member of the Lox but other than that we in a state of constant garbage with no point of breaking out just whom ever sells has his way. Mixtape MCs get on my nerve because they ALLL are the same Baby Jada's all of em. They come out for a month or a year killing mixtapes yea yea yea yea yea. Then what who the hell knows because EVERYONE was on Fabolous when he was murdering the mixtapes, he drops a album oh hes nothing hes too pop for me. All of these mixtape dudes are just nobodies trying to spit cause they know how to write funny 16s ,witty metaphors and etc. BUT THAT DOESNT MAKE SONGS. You dont have to be able to kill mixtapes to be a great rapper you just have to make a decent album wit good substance and be real. When DMX dropped he wasnt no witty 16 bar man. Heres a dude who cats felt was real and they embraced his lyrics because he was speaking from the heart and thats what produces longevity in rap speak from the heart in ya album and then you got something real. Talk about nonsense like 2004 maybachs and Bentleys and in 2005 its becoming irrelevant. Fastforward and your wanting the new jordans sounds stupid. I mean people need to age. Fans need to wise up and try really pressing people to not toss garbage they way. 50 cent said where Banks will spend 30 minutes to a hour perfecting a verse he'd only spend 30 minutes on the hook and wouldnt mind the verse. Whenever you hear stuff like this its blatant that heres a dude who could care less about the music in general he just want you to buy the hook and make his money. Its not going to be for the long run.