Reading the posts as well as comments on this forum I can’t help noticing that every rapper is compared to another by fans so that each’s fans can justify their idol’s value. We don’t discuss about what makes 50 Cent good as much as what makes him better than Ja Rule. We don’t discuss about what makes a rap artist standing out artistically as much as how much he outsold or dissed the weakness of his competitors. And truly asking myself what differentiates artistically the new-wave rappers from each other out of the age-old distinction between sold-outs and underground -dedicated. I remember in the past we could find endless adjectives to characterize a rapper and/or his album work, now we characterize an artist mainly in contrast to others.