i went to the public enemy thing in nyc this weekend, and had a good time. i thought the 2nd day was really good, with lots of info on the production of the album and chuck d and the folks had alot to say about hip-hop etc.
on the question of hip-hop. i agree with krs-1's def. hip-hop is the overall culture of my generation, and includes rap/mc-ing, dj-ing, b-boying, graf artists and i think it includes fashion too, altho some don't agree. and even though some of the other art forms are not as popular they are still there, showing up in album covers, shows etc. nelly and others are hip-pop, which is still apart of the culture, but in its own sub-group.
west coast rap just has a real different sound. the west coast were the ones to really popularize using funk samples and that laid back sound. i think its still like that to a certain extent. is anyone from the south/midwest and love that sound? i like it, but alot of times i feel guilty, cause its all about sellin and gang bangin, sorta like west coast stuff in the 90's.