Been actively involved with hiphop since 1996...started listening during the early nineties. Rap influences too many...L.O.N.S, K-Os, Rakim, Souls of Mischief Pete Rock, ATCQ, Gangstarr, Digable Planets, Das EFX etcetera etcetera. Ma 'pinion: It has been observed that there are very few people who are true in the preservation of spirituality, sound thought and positivism in hip-hop. There is a very false image of what it is in the minds of induviduals.
Hip-hop has evolved since the mid '70s into a major trend that has affected the lives of many children and young adults, so let us hand over guardianship to those who have a genuine interest and love for the music.
As a performer, I have the responsibility of maintainin' my stance not "as the best", but as an induvidual of stature and refinement; "Move the crowd". Its all about setting goals and determining outcomes. No limitations at all. Positive thought.