Music sales are down again this year, and sooner or later the industry has to start looking at the product its putting out.

There will always be interesting new works, but overall, music has gone to hell over the last decade. I’ve been complaining about the lack of a new music genre for nearly a decade, but the creativity level in music overall is really looking grim.

One thing that has kept the industry afloat is hip-hop. Every year, there always seems to be a few hip-hop tracks that become huge hits. I’m not a big fan, but I certainly have an appreciation for a wide spectrum of music. Over the past year, I kept remarking that there are no memorable or lasting hip-hop songs.

This New York Times article confirms my suspicion, 2007 has been a very difficult year for hip-hop.

You know the music industry is going down the tubes, when they can’t even produce a few hit rap songs.