A lot of people really discount newer artists for wearing their influences on their sleeve, especially in their label debut albums. This doesn't make too much sense to me. Yes, it's not too entertaining to hear the 400th metal band make near covers of Metallica, but people have to start somewhere. Without influences, there isn't any real way for innovation in music to happen.
No artistry happens in a vacuum. Everybody is swayed by someone else's attempts at art, and using those others as a vessel to communicate (or entertain in the case of music) your ideas is not bad, and is necessary to make sure you have some grip on musicality. I for one, would love to see underground and more extreme versions of hip hop flourish more than it is today, because that genre has a lot of potential to make an impact similar to the punk scene in the 80's in the digital age. Without young people taking ideas from contemporaries, that sub-genre may as well die off as quickly as it started. In essence, if you want people to advance music and genres, you gotta put up with some of the ridiculous debut albums that sounds like something you heard a year ago. Give them a chance on their sophomore record to really push that envelope and get to somewhere worthwhile.