Random thread, I remember this always being said in some threads when people voice their displeasure at rappers like Keef etc and their subject matter.
There is a clear difference between the street shit you heard in the 90's, and the street shit you hear today. When rappers rapped about street shit in the 90's, that was merely the subject of the song, world play, rhyming (you know the actual act of rapping) still took priority. despite the subject matter being the same, songs were often highly diverse.
Diverse as in, there were songs that were clearly fictional, and were meant for entertainment as if one were watching an action movie. example: Gimmie The Loot Souls of Mischief - Anything Can Happen
Songs that "taught" a lesson through powerful story telling: Lord Finesse - Food for Thought Intelligent Hoodlum - Street Mobb Deep - Trife Life
And niggas just flexing their bars: 8 Iz Enuff
Most of the street rap that comes out now, I don't know, seems like rather than actually trying to make a song their more concerned about proving how hard they are, and making money through the song. well the message to some of them isn't bad, the quality however.... And if it's not street shit then it's people using street shit as references because it's the "in" thing, like Drake: "You gon make me catch a body like that."