I really don't have any favorites...but I like the style of Lupe Fiasco & Jedi Mind Tricks, using metaphors, analogies, history, politics and myth for their cryptic punchlines. For Lupe, I would mention - The Coolest, Dumb it Down, Put You on Game, Hello Goodbye, etc. Jedi Mind - Me Ne Sballo, Scars of the Crucifix, Saviourself, On the Eve of War, etc. What about you?
I would imagine that nearly all music released commercially these days is at least partially computer generated or edited.
And in my opinion making music on a computer can take just as much skill and creativity as playing a trumpet or piano, etc. Anything that makes a noise that can be manipulated to form a tune from a piece of grass held between thumb and fingers to the grandest pipe organ is an instrument.
I'm not a fan of the new rappers, I'm tryin' to get into Lil Wayne, but it ain't happenin yet. I'm ol' skool I guess, there are so many different styles its hard to choose "The One". If I had to pick one, all time, I would go with Notorious B.I.G. I think he was the whole package.
I listen to Lil' Wayne and hear nothing from the lyrics. I used to listen to classic rock before I got into rap, mostly because the songs were about something. Then I heard underground and got into real artists. I feel...