Check out this lame editorial by rapper Joe Budden
I am sick of dudes like Joe Budden whose full-time job is rap (MCs, producers, radio DJs, journalists, etc)
1 who say Hip Hop is Dead, radio sucks etc
2 there is dope artists & albums in the underground, that speak on a variety of perspectives & subject matters, including "positive lyrics".
Either dudes like Joe Budden
a don't even pay attention to the underground, which is hypocritical & lame. How are you going to blast others for sleeping on your underground mixtape or whatever, while OTOH ignoring other underground artists?
b are aware of dope underground artists, but don't want to mention it, out of insecurity that a few of those unknown underground cats are better than themselves, & don't want their small piece of the pie/rap industry to be sliced further, as if it's a 0-sum game
In 2007 with tons of rap preview blogspots or sites like rapgodfathers.com, it's so easy to discover & preview underground albums. There are also sites like rateyourmusic.com & metacritic.com where you can see album reviews, to select which albums one would preview.
So far just in 2007, there have been very good "studio albums" from "regular, real-rap" artists such as
Blue Scholars 2007 Bayani
Hell Razah 2007 Renaissance Child
Brother Ali 2007 The Undisputed Truth
Calle 13 2007 Residente O Visitante
El-P 2007 I'll Sleep When You're Dead
There are probably many others, but I'm just a fan who has a few hours sporadically to check out new albums, so there's no way I can keep up with it thoroughly.
For dudes like Joe Budden, RAP IS A JOB. How is it that someone like Budden knows less about new 2007 quality rap albums than I do?