Hopefully there are some open-minded people on this forum. OK so let's here it. Which do you like best? East Coast, West Coast, Southern, or Midwest hip hop? I personally prefer East Coast. To me it's more intellectual and there are a lot more socially conscious rappers from this region (Mos Def, Talib Kweli). They're rhyme schemes are more complex and they tend to use more metaphors and similes. (Jay-Z, Rakim, Wu Tang Clan) Midwest is my next favorite. The great thing about Midwest hip hop is it's a fusion of both West Coast and East Coast. Both intellectual and party-driven. (Common, Eminem, Kanye West) I only like a few choice Southern hip hop artists. I feel most of what's called "hip hop" in the south, is not hip hop. To me only a few qualify as actual hip hop (Ludacris, Outkast). In this region, there are too many acts who concentrate less on lyrical integrity and more on making butts move. With West Coast, though the style of this region is slowly dying out, it's a lot more gangsta-driven and also, save for a few (The D.O.C., Kurupt), concentrates less on lyrical integrity. Hip hop as a whole is a lot more complex and compartmentalized than many people recognize. Admittedly, a lot of it is exploitative and unfortunately, the media and people who don't understand this genre, tend to focus more on this aspect. And thus, those with real talent, those who actually have something to say, don't get much exposure. (And I imagine it's the same with rock/alternative.) Well those are my opinions. What do you like best?