The way I see it, hiphop/rap is long past it's glory days in the early to mid 90's. Looking back at rap legends like Snoop Dogg and the Wu in their prime in contrast to MANY so called "artists" today...feelsbadman.
(Take a look at Method and Red Man, Bone Thugz, 2Pac, Biggie, ect. THEN compare them to Drake, Souljah Boy, T-Pain, ect.)
The all too common trend seems to be that every artist, and rap itself as a genre, is declining in so many ways.
Take for example Eminem. His first three albums(Infinite, The Slim Shady LP, and The Marshall Mathers LP) are in my opinion, three of the best examples of hip hop at it's purest, "realest" form. THEN starting with the Eminem Show, MONEY got involved. Em's last three albums are pretty terrible in comparison to his first three, when considering lyrical content, flow, mechanics, and most of all EMOTION. Why do most rappers lose the strong emotions in their songs once that paper starts flowing?
Even worse than losing emotion, is flat out losing skill and making empty BS music just to sell records. A glaring example of this raptravesty is Lil Wayne. Wayne BLEW UP in popularity after his album Tha Carter II. Before that, rap fans were still most of Wayne's fan base and he was still making decent music. Starting with Tha Carter III and up to the present, EVERYONE knows and loves Lil Wayne, even though it's obvious the quality of his music has declined. You can tell when a rap artist has sold themselves when you start seeing their t-shirts at Hottopic. I was appalled today when I saw a Wiz Khalifa t-shirt in Hottopic. Another tragic example of a rapper who used to make good stuff, and has since lost most of who they are in their music because of $crill.
To sum it all up(tl;dr), MOST rappers are presently concerned about one thing: money. Once they make it, they'll put out all sorts of empty, but catchy nonsense to sell their wack records.
With that out of my system, I'd now like to show you all a video that gives me hopeful expectations of rap in the future. Hopefully, it's going to be an Odd Future...