For far too long, Hip-Hop music has been mired in lyrical mediocrity. Today anyone and everyone can pick up the mic and rhyme. Emcees are no longer expected or required to elevate. Instead, they are expected to jump on the bandwagon of the hottest producers, to ill prepare themselves for fleeting success and take a rapid rocket ride to the top of the charts. Lyricists aren’t built to last these days. They are mass produced for quick millions and a hot summer single that will fade by the fall. Fortunately, there is still raw talent brewing under the surface.