I suppose I come from old school, but I still have an ear for present music which does now and then come up with good and even exciting musical material. I just wonder whether there ever come the day when no new original melodies will be no more, because all the ideas have been used up and all done before. With rap music I note that melody is not so important, more the rhythm, tempo and most importantly the lyrics. Since there is little melody I note the lyrics try to be real, more shocking to hit the listener. A lot of modern songs or rap seem to include old songs in their music, for me its a bit like I am going to ride on the fame of the old hit song inorder to popularise the present song to make money. So maybe in song land we are running out original ideas....? Its hard to be original and musicians or composers in the past who would introduce their ideas to the public for the first time would often come unstuck, usually because their ideas need time to get used to or understand the new music. For me melody always come first, then lyrics (to fill the gaps..!) so I particularly notice how melody is slowly decreasing in modern music.