Hi all, I've been listening to Mike's rap verse in the outro of "And One" quite a bit recently and it made me wonder, why doesn't he write more creative and technically proficient raps like this now? Even though he writes a lot about being a skilled MC, which is a style that imo can get boring quickly since it has been done so many times, the verse in And One uses creative vocabulary such that it can be interpreted in different ways. When I go through other LP songs I notice his raps aren't nearly as good, even though they suffice for delivering the message of the song. The only ones that stand out to me a little (from the studio albums) are those in UIB (which had some interesting lyrics) and Wastelands (good flow, especially for the first verse). It's slightly disappointing what we got after Mike said he has worked hard on improving his rapping on THP after seeing Rakim, one of his musical idols, in the studio. AFN seemed to have a very uninspired rap verse, especially with the amount of times the word "ya" rhymed with "ya". The rap in Wastelands was the only sufficiently decent rap on the album, and it left me asking for more. I really think Mike has it in him to pull off something special, it just seems like he doesn't bother though. I can understand that rapping is not really his forte but it makes me feel like he just raps for the sake of keeping the LP formula in their songs rather than going out of his box and really pushing the envelope. What do you guys think about Mike's rapping lately?