Hip-hop in general, even underground, is moving away from it's more inflammatory style of the 90s and early 2000s. I personally think it's because a lot of rappers are getting older and discovering that invincibility is not amounst their powers. The image of hip-hop is changing.
I'm not a fan of anyone. Never heard his music before. Especially around the time itcame out.
Also, with this in mind: Every person has a product to sell. He doesn't have to come as hard as he originally did to make money. As far as acting is concerned, you never have to play yourself. Hmm, lol, I don't think I'm making much sense here.
Example: The Rock (wwf ) = Dwayne Johnson in the Toothfairy/Be cool
Snoop Dog did the same thing if I remember right. He used to be all badass and hardcore, now he's everyone's favorite, lovable pothead. I think the dangerous attitude must be a good way to get famous or something, but can only take you so far. Like 50Cent never wussed out, and I haven't really heard anything about him since they released that atrocious video game.