Alright, I felt I gotta contribute to this thread being an emcee from NYC and growing up basking in what was the Golden Age of Hip Hop. In other words all these cats were my teachers.. From a musical standpoint, we can't let nostalgia blind us to what reality is. The 90's was the Golden Age because people were consuming this kind of music. In mass amounts. This was 'poppin' back then. Gangsta rap was pumped into the mainstream and it became more prominent for a time, but even then, NY n*ggas took that gangsta sh*t and made it their own. Yea they talked about slinging coke and shooting sh*t, but they did with style a panache. It still wasn't dumbed down. If you weren't someone atleast somewhat in the know, you wouldn't know what the fu*k they were saying. sh*t had substance, ya dig? But... Slowly... It started dumbing down... And people started to buy into that sh*t. Not necessarily cos they were stupid, but cos that's what they wanted to hear at the time. the 00's came in and we saw the rap game turn into a motherfu*king circus. But we still had SOME people holding it down. And also, alot of great artists came out of the 00's even if it was amidst the sh*tty sh*tty bullsh*t we were hearing. Some of us atleast heard it that way. Most folks liked it. It was simple to listen to and it was catchy and it had studio quality so fu*k it. Right? Well. Here's what I'm saying. Collectively, to bring Hip Hop back to it's higher standards of goodness, we need to collectively demand it. We need to support the n*ggas who WE feel actually are making quality music. Whether it's party rap, conscious rap, gangsta rap, etc. But GO OUT THERE. Support the n*ggas that you feel are good. And we'll have a second Golden Age on our hands. But this time it's gonna be a Renaissance.
TL;DR You want good Hip Hop, support the acts that you feel are good and get them to the top so they can churn out more good sh*t and we can have a 2nd Golden Age.