They say "Hip-hop" was born out of rock and roll. As a matter of fact, the studio-driven beats that Hip-hop employs are probably largely in thanks to The Beatles. The White Album found The Beatles exploring in the recording studio more than they ever have before. Take "Revolution #9," for example -- lots of backward loops, overdubbing, etc.. Also, it shouldn't be a surprise that DJ Dangermouse mashed-up The White Album with Jay-Z's Black Album, and called it The Grey Album.
Nowadays, it seems like people prefer one over the other, with only a few people saying they really get into both. (Others, as well, may prefer one genre largely over the other, while liking tunes here and there from the other.)
Anyone care to give their insight into this discussion?
I'd fall into the camp of those who listens to the various forms of rock, foremost, and appreciates most hip-hop artists. I'm more inclined to purchase a whole rock album (think White Stripes, Cake, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Bloc Party, etc...) than an entire hip-hop album. Sure, there are the exceptions -- I love Mos Def, Handsome Boy Modeling School, Lupe Fiasco, Tribe Called Quest, Visionairies, etc... -- but, as you can see, I'm selective. I'd much rather purchase individual singles, because chances are I'll only like the select few.
Partially, I think because a typical rock 'n roll album will embody an entire emotion. You can feel something from beginning to end. Well, with a good rock album, anyway. With a hip hop album, it activates another reaction out of you. When I'm out dancing, I like dancing to 80s music, dance rock (The Faint, LC Soundsystem, The Rapture, etc..), and hip-hop. But, not rock music.