Woke up quick, at about noon and put some old school on my stereo this morning. I was listening to hits like Can I kick it (Tribe Called Quest), Letterman (K Solo), Straight out da Jungle (Jungle Brothers), Warm it up Kane (BDK), Pete Rock and CL Smooth, La Schmoove (Fu Schnickens), 3rd bass, etc., and noticed hip hop used to have fun and funky beats to it and the lyrics were well thought out and fun. Then I put on some of the new stuff, and it seems totally different than those older tunes. The beats weren´t quite as catchy and funky as the older ones and seem more electronic music than the funk and soul samples used in older beats. Also, the lyrics were about violent fantasies or experiences, or they were just words that rhymed and didnt say much of anything with substance. Now, I recall hip hop being fun, witty, and funky - (who can forget Scenario or Dwyck or Curtis Blow), but some of the stuff out now is whack - frankly, 50 cent and eminemm arent quite as soulful as the older stuff (Emminemm is now considered top notch, but I cant taste the flavor of his beats or rhymes when I listen to it, I mean he is intelligent, but not yet equivalent). Can somebody bring that beat back?