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During an interview with Windy City Live, Lupe Fiasco clarified what he meant when he said “97% of Hip-Hop is terrible” in a recent interview he held with Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club. Lupe stood behind his opinion of  mainstream rap, and stated that though peripherally the overall quality of Hip-Hop has improved, the genre has degenerated on the inside due to a lack of substance.

“I think the substance of it. I think technically, it’s great,” said Fiasco. “The music is as well-produced as it’s ever been, videos are as polished, the chains are as clean, the models are as beautiful as they’ve ever been… But then you get into the substance of the records. The majority of commercial Hip-Hop – most of what everybody sees is commercial Hip-Hop – is lacking substance. Terribly.”

The “Paris Tokyo” rapper added that there is an in unequivocal scale in Hip-Hop that is leading to the decadence of the genre, and that because  heterogeneity in Hip-Hop is missing, people are not receiving a musically balanced experience when they listen today’s mainstream artists.

“I think there should be a balance. On the radio, you turn it on and every other record is referring that Itchbay, that negative lifestyle. There’s a premium kind of put on the things that are somewhat whimsical but at the same time dangerous. It’s funny. Over the past 10 years, the things in Hip Hop that we’ve allowed to become the norm. It’s kind of taboo at a certain point to address a certain issue. And the artists that did it, people like Eminem, you knew they were all through the roof because it was so exotic and so through the roof.”

To hear the full interview, where he also comments on the violence plaguing Chicago, watch the video below.

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