OP back into this thread. Perhaps it’s time to move on. I never intended my post to be a debate on the merit or lack of merit of hip hop or for that matter any genre. Even worse to see criticism with racial undertones.
I was trying to point out that, at least to my perception, there has been little music that seems truly new, fresh, and dramatically different in a long time. It seemed like before about 2000, music of a given era was quite different from a time say 10 years before it. Certainly a lot of that can be associated with a transition of instruments, from acoustic, to electric, to digital. I’m waiting for "the next big thing".