As a kid who grew up in New York, I was fortunate enough to be a part of the golden age of Hip-Hop. Back then it was my life. I memorized the lyrics of my favorite artists, studied the credits from the sleeves of tapes and CDs, and my crew did everything we could to earn our props as students of the culture. I understand and respect that things change, but in my opinion, the money, the fame, and the desire for commercial success have taken precedent over one of the most important aspects of the culture: skills. It's time to start thinking differently about Hip-Hop.