the inescapable limitation of hip-hop as music is its reliance on loops for background tracks. I don't consider myself easily bored by music, but I have a low tolerance for hearing the exact same thing over and over again with total machine precision. Strangely, I really like live bands that are capable of approaching that with their grooves. But it's that little bit of imprecision that makes all the difference- and the way a tight band is able to subtly shift dynamics to keep the ensemble intact. It's like a group consciousness servo mechanism that conveys the reality of minds working in concert amidst the proceedings, instead of a machine. Even a cricket has more consciousness than a machine. On recordings, cueing and layering can amelioriate the predictability of looping to some extent, but it's never impressed me in live performance. The unpredictability quotient in rap is entirely on the part of the rapper. Which is why the form of rap that I respect the most is freestyle rhyming, battle rap. My view is that the artistic value of rap is mostly as creative verbal wordplay, acting, performance. Taken solely in terms of musical value, I recognize a good beat when I hear it. But it doesn't feature very highly for me as an art form. I think that both rock and rap music have an unfortunate tendency to narrow the music tastes of the audience. Speaking as someone who grew up on the standard top 40 pop/rock format, it took me a long, long, time to not be utterly bored- like, unendurable- by musical pieces that lasted longer than around 6-7 minutes. And I'd often find myself checking out, or unable to follow, the developments in compositions lasting longer than around 3 minutes. I'd enjoy "the good parts", sometimes fast-forwarding to them. But I didn't get who the whole thing fit together. It took a lot of practice to learn the art of immersion (I think being a good audience is to some extent an art form.) Deep music is an acquired taste. It's often sensitive to the surrounding environment in ways that the shallow stuff can override or disregard. Which is sort of the opposite of commercial values that seek to make their products as accessible as possible, often by relying on gimmicks. Rap genres like trap are popular for the same reason that blockbuster action films are popular- triggering instant gratification chemicals like adrenalin, and feeding vicarious fantasies. There are some entertaining blockbuster films. But-narrow. If that's all you know how to appreciate, there's a tendency to think that anything not partaking of the same tropes and dramatic devices is "boring."