Mos Def is the one the most influential artist of this era. With a sensibility constructed around  world histories and current events it’s no wonder that he raps with a conscience. Stop listening to mainstream rap and and try listening to Mos Def once in a while and then come back to rap and you’ll realize how ridiculous and excessively fabricated it can be. After the incident with Plies I don’t who to listen to anymore. I still get down with rap but take it purely as a fictional stage play until one artist proves to me otherwise.