rap may not be dead but it sure is a lot less interesting than it used to be.
i used to love rap up until around the early 90's- it had humor, charm, quirkiness and style. even when guys were talking about how they were 'the best' and 'put all others to shame', it still felt kind of tongue-in-cheek. but since then it's just been getting harder and harsher, way more 'in your face' and edged with violence and ill-will. and a lot less intelligent.
the only time rap interests me anymore is when it's from other countries... where it's being combined with some local form of music that makes it a hell of a lot more interesting than the ever-changing parade of hacks can make it in this country.