2008 has to be -- by far-- the most monotonous year in hip-hop. Correction: it IS the most monotonous year in hip-hop. For the past couple of years we've seen the same six acts dominating the rap scene. And I can name all 6 without even thinking: T.I., Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Nas, Jay-Z, and 50 Cent.
But when we say "dominate," do we mean in terms of sales, buzz/controversy, or both? You decide. But the point is, Nas's statement couldn't be more true, because despite the same old acts being able to push a few albums, rap is still struggling to survive on its death bed and has been doing so for more than long enough. When will the fight end? I believe 2009 will either flatten hip-hop's wavering lifeline, OR make way for change going into 2010.