Originally Posted by jpeirpont
Yes, I knew he got second, obviously I disagree with that as I don't like Drake's music, well the 4-5 songs I've heard. But the #1 was correct by any standard, plus I like anything that says halt to the current, nerdying, hisptering and suburbering of rap.
I don't care where hip hop is going as long as it's not lazy, like Rick Ross (If you need to tout some grimy street music as the last bastion of gangsta rap, please cite The Clipse). I can understand liking a certain facet of hip hop, but to me thinking it has to be "gangsta" or "tough" all the time really marginalizes the form. I'm not much for hipster culture, but the "hipster mc" is an identity that's capable of producing art that has merit amongst the hip hop community at large, see Das Racist. Shit, see De La Soul.
I don't think gangsta rap is the zenith of hip hop or something that is sacred. If Rick Ross being the most popular last of a dying breed is all you have to suggest he's "number 1" (something totally meaningless to any serious hip hop fan or music lover anyway) despite his lyrical ability, I'd say that's a really thin and shallow argument.