Yeah Immortal Technique is good, I like him. I like his flow and what he raps about.
And to NewBornProdigy:
In my opinion, the mainstream stuff barely qualifies as hip hop. It has no lyrical value, no flow, etc. I just can't stand listening to it. To me, most of it just sounds like a bunch of words stuck together making no sense. The reason why I think the "mainstream" rappers generate more popularity is because the record labels know what they are doing. They could care less if the music they are producing is absolute trash, as long as it attracts people with their "pop" like sound and feel. That's why I call most of the "mainstream" hip hop, hip pop. If you've noticed the majority of people that listen to the mainstream stuff are younger people, like teens or younger adults (18-23). You won't see anyone over 30 listening to Souija Boy. The majority of people who listen to Souija Boy are suburban kids and that's exactly what it is geared towards because they like "catchy" things. I don't know about you guys, but I think music is beyond catchy. In order to get the most out of hip hop, you have to listen to underground artists like Army of the Pharaohs or Jedi Mind Tricks. Or the artists that were from the previous generation and what older people listen to such as Nas, Talib Kweli, AZ, Mos Def, etc.
Real hip hop has lyrical value and flow. You can listen to the lyrics and be left with the impact "Wow, that was sick". And the stuff they rap about isn't limited to sex, drugs, and jewelery. They rap about real things.
Sure these "mainstream" artists that are popular with the majority public are "respected" by the public but they have no respect in the rap world. I mean what you have to do is just listen further into the music.
Just listen to what DJ Premier (arguably the greatest rap producer ever) has to say:
skip to around 3:00
Okay well all you have to do is compare this stuff:
Seven- Army of the Pharaohs
The Format- AZ (produced by DJ Premier)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHJ8jHmQ ... re=related
Reality Check- Verbal Threat (produced by DJ Premier)
to some of the crap you hear on the radio like Lil'Wayne