Ragtime and Jazz -- were once trendy and young. Now they are both the music of the old. It also happened to Rock n Roll, Disco, Heavy Metal and Grunge ...... It will happen to Hip Hop too.
Jazz is alive and well -- but no one under 25 cares.
Hippies grew up and became money obsessed adults living in the suburbs.
Glam Metal was too cheesy to live.
No one talks about grunge anymore -- although punk still has a solid following.
Beginning around 2000 Hip Hop music sales started to drop. By 2005, Hip Hop represented just 10% of total music sales. As of 2010, Hip Hop is still a popular youth subculture but it has gone into decline.
Hip Hop sprang out of the Bronx block party scene of the 1970s. By the late 1980s Hip Hop was discovered by bored suburban kids attracted by Hip Hop's urban message. Sales exploded.
Parents, teachers and the media panicked. Somehow these suburban kids identified with the Hip Hop messages soaked in crime, sex, misogyny, and urban lore.
By the late 1990s popular Hip Hop had lost its edge -- its bad ass lyrics and styles had become cliché.
Hip Hop has fragmented into a hundred different styles from Turntablism to Nerdcore. Perhaps one of these will trigger the next great innovation in music. Or the next big thing could be something completely different ....