It started to suck when the teenie boppers started gravitating from pop over to rap. This started occurring around the late 90's and early 2000's when groups like Cash Money showed up and when people like Ja Rule started putting out songs that they really liked. Then Eminem came along, and while he was very talented and good, he brought in a lot of fake teenie bopper fans and further compounded the problem. Then the old generation got old and in came a new generation who's view on what rap should be was completely different than the last. Lil Wayne, who was once a sidekick to Juvenile with the last generation, was now the frontman and main star for this new generation, and the tables basically got flipped and street cred and lyrics and all that other stuff wasn't valued anymore. The mainstream blows so much these days so people have to find rappers that are just mildly decent like Lupe Fiasco, Cunninlynguist, Jay Electronica and J. Cole. Like as if people like that come anywhere near the legends in mainstream 15 years ago. Like as if the environment now is anywhere near as good as it was then because of a few guys with average skills. Those guys would be in the unemployment line if there were higher standards in rap today. The bar has been lowered.
The history of hip hop's decline
· 9 years ago