Believe me, the only reason Dre made as much money as he did, is because of Biggie and Tupac.
Someone would have discovered Eminem. Dre got lucky. Eminem is amazing and was going to be discovered by someone eventually. Dre just got lucky.
I don't want to take away from Dre did, he made a lot of good music (his two albums were classics). But he basically filled the void that was left when Biggie and Tupac were removed from the equation... Had they lived, Dre would be a footnote in the annals of rap history.
Yes. You, sir/madam hit the nail square on the head. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Nas made one of the most positive rap songs I ever heard "I know I can"... Andre 3000 is a positive force in this world, and makes great music, however you define it.
I hate twista, but that's just my personal opinion. Everything else you said, I completely agree with. KRS-1 is a founder. Q-TIP is a founder. Jurassic 5 builds on the foundation like few others. I've never been a fan of the Beastie Boys, but I'm a biased individual. Cube is THE foundation, along with the rest of the 90's concrete.
Ready to Die...
Also Biggie... Can't think of a bad one he ever spit, although some of the songs had too much Puff Daddy for my taste... If Mace is on a track, I can't listen to it... Monotone, mumbly, awkwardly worded every time he raps.
Sorry to keep harping on the Irish thing, but did you know the horseshoe has seven points on it? (The Colts horseshoe, anyway. Actual shoes for horses depend on the farrier).
Seven is considered a lucky number... Lucky. Luck. I'm telling you, you picked the right team to root for.
Don't hold Boston against the Irish. It's not our fault. We love our green, which makes Indiana a tearmann.
I love it that you chose to root for an underdog instead of the Pats. I don't think it's coincidence that you became a fan around the time Luck got drafted to the Colts. That's providence.
Horseshoe? Luck? Four-leaf clover? Come on. Hoosier Hospitality has roots in Irish fun-lovery. If you're lucky enough to be Irish, you're lucky enough! May the luck of the Irish be with you!