For me, the current era of hip hop music, is lacking something.
Weeding through the sea of new artists that truly have the passion for the music to become a lyrical storyteller. I have been pleasantly surprised by much of the evolution of the game. There are some dedicated artists, who remain true to the game, that are definitely not on the radio in heavy rotation.
I am not going to get into why certain music is played more than others. I choose rather to seek out the real artist. The humble up and comer who does not have the budget to buy in on a mixtape, or can pop bottles with club djs. I also seek out the artists who are truly creative with it. Seeking out different sounds to create a true musical competition. Even the beat maker, the battle rapper, all those who do not rely on commercial popularity to get their music heard.