It is very common & cliche for people to cry & complain that "hip hop is dead".
I concede that popular major media, be it radio, TV video, magazines, etc, is prolly horrible. I don't fully know, because I don't eff with the lamestream media to find out what good new music have dropped
Instead, I eff with what I'm calling The 4 Horsemen of the Rap Reviews Internets to find out about new dope album releases
Ironically, each of these 4 dudes, as an INDIVIDUAL'S FREE TIME HOBBY, PWNS "professional hip-hop organizations" like XXL or hiphopsite.com, when it comes to reviews. The links are to each Horseman's "best of 2007" list/blog post:
I have a very contrarian opinion about the state of rap music. I believe it has become like jazz music, in that good albums are still being made, they just have little publicity. If you "dig" & look for the music, you will find it. In fact, I submit that 2006-7 has been a GOLDEN AGE in terms of the QUANTITY of GOOD ALBUMS being dropped.
The 4 Horsemen are an excellent source to discover the new good albums being dropped.
"When I'm on the internets, you know what you will hear? The 4 Horsemen Of The Rap Reviews Internets GETS PROPS OVER HERE" (c) The Beatnuts