Lol @ Black Hippy not needing each other. Niggas wouldn't be talking about Ab Soul if it wasn't for Black Hippy and Schoolboy Q only been rapping for 6 years and he started rapping BECAUSE they put him in a studio.
Kendrick is an all around talent and Jay Rock been around for the longest... And Ab Soul is a good songwriter but him and Q are benefitting bigtime from the acclaim and legitimacy that Kendrick and Rock bring to the group.
Royce been dope. Budden been dope. Ortiz been dope. Crooked been dope and on some honest shit he spits just as well as Kendrick and Jay Rock. Black Hippy got that new car smell right now... A year from now niggas will be bored and move on.
Production has grown beyond Shawty Redd's format. People think that any track with heavy 808's and alot of hihats is trap music, but that's real narrow-minded thinking.
And lol @ Marley Marl and Dre. There has been incredible music every year, some more than others. One monkey don't stop no show. It ain't like Dre is producing or writing his own music anyway. If "I Need A Doctor" is supposed to be the blueprint, then the game is in trouble bigtime.