There's Outkast. There's Black Eyed Peas (if you get past Fergie and her crossover-hit stupidity).
And that's about it.
Everything else is bad retreading of stuff that was done fifteen years ago. Gangsta rap was cool, but it totally took over, and it hasn't evolved a bit since around the time of Doggystyle. Dre 2001 was a step in the right direction, but it seems to have fizzled and died.
The old guard is gone, or recording stuff that's nowhere near as good as their heyday. The hardest of the hard, Ice Cube, acts in kids movies now, for fuck's sake.
I bring this up because I finally tracked down a used copy of Domino's self-titled debut on CD. I had it on tape but, well, tapes are essentially useless now. This has (surprisingly enough) been out of print for ages, and the cheap used copy I ordered arrived today. Damn, I forgot what it's like to have a rap CD that's listenable all the way through, much less frigging awesome like this one.
Why is the rehashing so fucking popular? And why does no one have the balls to either do something new, or (better yet) stop directing fucking Girls Gone Wild videos and step back to their a-game. (Yeah, Snizoop, that was directed at yizou.)
*--For behavior unbecoming anyone, perpetrated in real time over an extended--AH, FUCK IT! MORE MALIBU, BITCHES!!