Mainstream rap has not progressed at all over the years, if anything its gotten worse. The rhymes have gotten more intricate, but its the same old guns sex drugs and money shit. N.W.A., Tupac, and other early thug rappers were sort of original, but I wonder if rap is ever going to progress. It reminds me of the attitudes during McCarthy or after 9/11, where everyone was trying to say "I'm more patriotic than you." Basically every rapper is trying to be more hardcore than the rest, which has led to most rappers being talentless, 2d, static people caught in a lifestyle that is 99 percent bullshit. Rap music has a unique advantage in that rappers can actually get points across to their listeners very well. I'm not talking about idiots like Jadakiss bashing Bush, I would actually like to hear some mainstream rap that has a meaning.
I woke the same as any other day
Except a voice was in my head
It said seize the day, pull the trigger
Drop the blade, and watch the rolling heads.