Believe me I am a hyooooooooooooooge fan of Rakim... Probably much more than you will ever be. However he ain't making music any more... and if he did... well, honestly I'm not sure it would hold up to my modern standards of hip-hop. If this is your MODERN standard for dope hip-hop you need not post anymore in this thread - you need a time machine.
Hip-Hop is constantly evolving. What was a dope multi in the past is a tiny part of somebodies internal rhyme scheme today. A dope hook becomes a dope sample. A dope sample becomes a building block to an even doper beat. Ect...
"That's why I always get respect from true soldiers
That laugh at the critics claiming every year: "Hip hop's over."
FUCK YOU, hip hop just started -
It's funny how the most nostalgic cats are the ones who were never part of it
But true veterans'll give dap to those who started it
Then humbly move the fuck on and come with that new retarded shit
New slang, new thought, new sound, new heart, you thought you hang
You clown, you don't, you drown
I won't dumb it down, I'm dumbing now for these rounds
I'm a live mothefucker plus I'm gunning for clowns
You're a mime motherfucker, don't be coming for pounds
Till you can break out of that invisible box, you're not down"
"Rookie cats talk about boom bap and golden ages
Pat themselves on the back for making that new outdated shit
But i've been putting out vinyl since '93 and never looked back once
At ya'll trying to chase me
You don't innovate because you can't innovate,
It's not a choice - despite what you might tell your boys"
Not Tyler but hip-hop lyrics very relevant to the... well... to the dumb ass fucking shit you just said. I'm not censoring myself out of politeness.
And I pick my words VERY carefully... Renaissance was in fact the exact word I wanted. Tyler will be the rebirth of dope Hip-Hop actually getting a play to the average persons ears. Something that hasn't happened in decades imo.