To old heads, real hip hop is Eric B & Rakim, Wu-Tang, Tribe Called Quest, Public Enemy, KRS-1 and so on...To the new heads, it's Lil Wayne, Drake, Wacka Flacka, Nikki Minaj and so on...total contrast. Society says that Real Hip Hop has evolved, and it has, it has to evolve to stay relevant BUT is it possible that we could have taken a wrong turn somewhere? It would be nice if we had a hip hop GPS to guide us in the right direction BUT sadly, there's no such device. How do we justify the condition of todays hip hop? Some will argue that hip hop is fine (usually the new generation), others will argue that hip hop sucks (usually old school cats). So how do you measure the success or failure of hip hop? Record sales? Trends? Market? All great rulers to measure by but all WRONG! We are hip hop, we are the ones responsible for it's condition. When a label seeks trends, they go to a company that measures trends and they get advice on whats going to be the next BIG THING. The labels in return, focus on investing in that area. They don't give a shit whether it's good or bad for the genre, all they want is HUGE returns. IMO, we accept trends way too easily, and we don't look at the possible consequences in the future. Hip Hop has and always will evolve, but we have to educate our youths so when we pass the torch, they will take it and make better decisions with whatever direction they go. Somewhere in the past "WE" dropped the ball, we passed the torch over to a generation that wasn't ready to lead the evolution of hip hop and now we're seeing the effects of it's direction. Your Thoughts?