Most fans might prefer this rap to more hardcore, gangsta rap because it seems to be conscious of social issues, and ignores popular mainstream topics (such as blunts, 40s, and bitches).
What most fans fail to realize is that this rap will most likely never go down in history. The true innovators in rap are appreciated by the masses, because they made a difference.
These men include Biggie, Tupac, The Wu-Tang Clan, and early Nas.
These men transcended the stupid backpack that antagonizes their words, and the legacy they left behind. The told stories, used unique musical inflections, and showed people the many sides and complexities of the hood, and the people within it.
Backpack rappers often justify their music with overly artsy beats, and flows that just...well, aren't happening...at least not nearly on the level of those mentioned above.
Biggie is the modern day Beethoven -> narrating almost as a third person observer. a dual character...like tupac
ODB is like T.Monk, Stravinsky or even Jackson Pollack. He destroys boundaries with a pseudo-operatic style, all the while being aware of the lines he is crossing.
Read about these men...and their backgrounds.
I'm going to shut up now...Backpack rapping often seeks to rebel for rebellion's sake. It is most often very cheesy, and few, if any backpack rappers will go down in history.
Hood gansta he shouldn't be hanging out with: Yea aiggght...(rat-ta-tat-tat blau blau!!!)
(dude who shot the kid doesn't know about the term backpack...but hears simply unexciting bullshit)
2. Kid 1: Check this verse...
Girl he is trying to impress: oh...that's so cool!! (yawn)
Kid 2: Too artsy for me man...this backpack shit gets old.