“I think the substance of it. I think technically, it’s great. The music is as well-produced as it’s ever been, videos are as polished, the chains are as clean, the models are as beautiful as they’ve ever been. But then you get into the substance of the records. The majority of commercial hip-hop—most of what everybody sees is commercial hip-hop—is lacking substance. Terribly. I think there should be a balance. On the radio, you turn it on and every other record is referring that b*tch, that negative lifestyle. There’s a premium kind of put on the things that are somewhat whimsical but at the same time dangerous. It’s funny. Over the past 10 years, the things in hip-hop that we’ve allowed to become the norm. It’s kind of taboo at a certain point to address a certain issue. And the artists that did it, people like Eminem, you knew they were all through the roof because it was so exotic and so through the roof.” — Lupe Fiasco, on his comments about hip-hop lacking any substance. [via HipHopDX]