Hip-hop needs to find the next subject. Politics and social stuff--those are going to be the next real subjects groups get into. Soon as they realize you might have some hip-hoppers informed on foreign policy, then you're gonna have the '60s back here for real.
Hip hop music used to have social commentary, with tracks like 'The Message' and groups like P.E., Boogie Down Productions etc, but I guess that all changed dramatically when N.W.A. dropped the gangster lean. So much money has been made thru gangster rap and the ghetto fabulous stylings of Puff Daddy and co that it seems like the days of 'What's Goin On?' are over. Black artists, specifically rappers, are more interested in 'Gimme The Loot'. It's a sign of the times unfortunately.