Will You '70s Babies Quit Talking About How Much Better Rap Was in the '90s?

We have easy access to every release, new or old.

It's true that in the information age we're so bombarded with an endless stream of images, text, and flashing lights, that trying to absorb anything is like trying to get a sip of water from a firehose. But while it might be overwhelming, it's better than the old days, because the only thing worse than getting too much of what you want is getting none at all. That's why it's so frustrating to hear fans complain about being inundated with music.

Back in the days, certain pieces of music were actually "rare"—you couldn't just type "rare Eminem freestyle" into YouTube and find a video so rare it only has 13 million views. And when something was "hard to find," it was a lot harder than an extensive Google search that didn't even require you to get up off your ass. You want to find something "rare"? Try finding a copy of Main Source's Breaking Atoms in 1994 after it was out of print, sold out, and Japanese crate diggers had driven up the price of the vinyl. See how much fun it is when you have to live in a world without "Just a Friendly Game of Baseball." 

But whatever you do, don't believe the old heads when they tell you searching for a record and hunting it down made the music even better. It didn't and it doesn't. That album has the exact same beats, rhymes, and flows if you grabbed the cassette just before it fell into Mount Doom or if you took five minutes to download it. Having access to an infinite library of music is what an audio fiend ought to crave, not spending tireless hours trying to find music.

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