I haven't bought a new hip hop album in like 3 years (except for Ghostface).
I don't know, maybe it's the redundancy and dilution of the whole genre, but I just can't really get excited about any hip hop album anymore.
There hasn't really been any innovation within the genre for a long time and it seems all the themes, lyrics, flows, beats are all recycled and hackneyed.
I guess I got really bored with hip hop after Lupe Fiasco's "The Cool"
I mean I like that kind of hip hop, but I couldn't even get excited over his new album, and I listened to a few of the songs and just thought, man I'm let down by all of these rappers. Shit, even the Roots feel like they're forcing it now-a-days.
I find myself only listening to songs from between '92 - 2008 ... and most of that is between '92-2001
I've tried only listening to underground/backpacker type shit, but most of those rappers just seem kind of pretentious (with the exception of MF Doom).
Speaking of Doom, I'd have to say he's probably the only rapper/producer out there who I actually really like anymore. Doom's the shit...