"I get 5 mikes, you say The Source ain't shit. If your favorite would've won, would you say the same shit?" - Bun B, "B.M.F. Freestyle"
Whoever came up with that saying "if you've got nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all" must have been a rapper at some point. Rappers are allergic to criticism. If you remotely utter anything negative about a rapper's work, there's a term reserved for you in hip-hop circles: Hater.
Never mind that the word denotes hostile actions motivated by deep resentment. This attitude, when applied to all criticism, is detrimental to hip-hop as a culture, but we'll get to that later.
"For every album labeled a classic, there are dozens of others that people feel deserve the honor. So I realize that people now feel they have to place my album next to others that they feel were more impactful, and argue their case."