You have to judge everything in its context. First of all: should hip-hop producers receive more credit than they do?
But the rappers themselves, especially those who are capable of freestyling well, are definitely talented. Llamas makes a good point that it's harder for the average person to sound OK while rapping a typical rap tune than it is to sound OK while singing a typical rock song.
It's kind of like baseball players. Different players have different skill-sets, but no one really seems to have a problem judging them in their correct contexts. Dave Grohl would be like a Ken Griffey Jr.; a 5-tool type who can hit for power and consistency, field very well, and run the bases well. Someone like Nas or Eminem- very good rappers, but don't do much to create their own beats- would be more like a Mariano Rivera. They really only need to know how to do one thing well, but that thing, they do very, very well. And yet, no one wants to compare Ken Griffey Jr. to Mariano Rivera and argue who was greater.
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