Akon's got a nice voice. It's just those fucking Alvin and the chipmunks he seems to be having an affair with that make his music tough to listen to.
Yeah, most mainstream hip hop's all gone to shit. There's still some great underground stuff, and semi-underground stuff too. I tend to listen more to whiteboy skater rap, which is what a lot of the more underground, or semi-underground, stuff is. Lupe Fiasco, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, the Roots, Jurassic 5, MF Doom... plenty more. Gym Class Heroes were pretty amazing on their older stuff, but they've gotten a bit pussy on their more recent stuff.
Why So Green And Lonely? We Are Accidents Waiting To Happen.