OK, I know this could be controversial, but please hear me out: African American musicians have produced about 90% of my favorite music. Coltrane, Davis, Hooker, all the Browns, Walker, Hopkins, Marley, Kuti, the Nevilles, Tosh, Toots, Clinton, Monk, Parker, Mingus, Hancock, Broonsey, Bootsy, Wonder, I could go on for days...you get the idea. What happened? I contend that from the early '80s onward African American music took a fatal turn for the worse and began to, how do I say this.....really suck. This is of course a generalization, there are some new talents that have come about, but overall there was a HUGE and undeniable shift. Yes, many think all music, regardless of ethnicity, has taken a turn for the worse....but it seems SO much more dramatic with the African American community. I know music is up to individual interpretation, etc, and what I may thinks sucks, others may think was an improvement....but I think anyone who is schooled in the broad spectrum of music will agree that today's African American "music" as a whole has lost it's craft, soul, and MUSICAL creativity. Any theories on what happened? Was it social, economic, is my perception skewed? Anyway, it's something I've been thinking about for years.