Skinny jeans, mohawks, nose rings, and bad attitudes. No, I’m not referring to grunge rock of the 1990’s. I’m actually talking about hip-hop in 2010. If you are still using terms like “gangsta rap”, it is time for you to go back into the time capsule with your jeri curl and platform shoes. Of course you still have a select few Southern rappers who remind you that they are skilled in the culinary arts with a speciality in cooking with baking soda. You even have a few rappers who talk so much about toting iron you would think they did bench presses all day. Nevertheless, I think the prominence of “gangsta rap” is long gone and has been replaced by Hipster/Rock Rap. Hip-hop today has a greater global reach than ever before. Kids from Tokyo to L.A. know how to “crank that soulja boy” and I even bet there are some kids in Moscow who know how to do the “stanky leg”. Yes, hip-hop is big and expanding. However, I believe that as hip-hop is expanding and evolving it is losing the core essence of what it is. Don’t get me wrong I have a very eclectic taste in music. At least my ears aren’t prejudice.