The next installment in our absurdly sporadic "series":
It does not need to be said again that hip hop is an international phenomenon. But not all corners of the world arrived at the hip hop party at the same time, nor have they progressed equally far along the path of hip hop evolution. Some latecomers are still making stuff that sounds a lot like the Humpty-Dumpty rhymes of Eighties American rap. Others have picked up the fast/slow switchups of the nineties. That grime stuff from England sounds to me like its out of the future.
I would like to assert that all countries can be placed with reasonable precision along a "hip hop timeline":* Mongolia - 1988, Ghana - 1994, France - 2002, England - 2009.** And if they can be precisely plotted, then they can also be graphically represented with a nice, color-coded map. I would like to see that map.
* Using American hip hop as the measuring stick.
** Now I really don't know what the hell I'm talking about, but that's never stopped me before.