From what I hear, the 90s was the Golden Age of Hip Hop.
From what I hear, every major artist was releasing a masterpiece every week. Artists like Biggie, Tupac, and Method Man were slamming out hits like it was nothing.
Recently, after seeing The Wackness for the third time, I've been constantly listening to this kind of hip hop. Albums like Ready to Die by Notorious BIG and Black on Both Sides by Mos Def (the latter of which has already been one of my favorite albums for sometime now), and I started to think of the differences between hip-hop then and now.
Back then, hip hop was chill. It was smooth, and it was about the flow. Artists like Biggie had a chill beat and let their words flow smoothly and constantly, creating a type of poetry over rhythm.
Now a days, everything is rushed. The rappers are trying to go faster and faster, and the beats are getting louder and harder (that's what she said). People like Lil' Wayne and Kanye West are still talented, its just that they don't have the laid back vibe that hip-hop used to have.
Pick up The Wackness soundtrack while you pick up the movie, and you'll see what I mean.