Yeah most ppl feel the same way with the beat but to me the beat is first then the lyrics. If I don't like the beat then I won't even pay attn to the words. Without the beat it's not music and just poetry which I do not read/follow up on. Different strokes for different folks.
Don't get me wrong, I need good beats to listen to it regularly. It's just that I won't ever knock an MC for whack beats. Canibus is a prime example. I fucking hate his beat choices. However, I can't ever say he doesn't have lyrical skills.
I'm so into lyrics because I personally like to write rhymes for fun