Published on March 16th, 2018 | by Jon Bunnies0
The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 816: The 90s, Part 5(b): The Hip-Hop Influence
If we look at the state of rock here in the 21st century, it is no longer the main musical driver of popular culture. Hip-hop now rules.
This doesn’t mean that rock is dead. Or that it doesn’t have a place in our lives. Or that it isn’t going to around for decades to come. But if you’re honest, you’ll have to admit that hip-hop has extended its reach into popular culture with the strength and depth that used to belong to rock.
It’s not like rock’s appeal has shrunk old; it’s that other genres have exploded, hip-hop being the genre with the most growth.
Now let’s go back to the 1990s, the last decade where rock ruled everything. Alt-rock as THE thing. But if we dig through what happened back then, we can see how hip-hop not only infiltrated alt-rock but how it was embraced, incorporated and celebrated.
Regions of the alt-rock universe began to evolve. The beats got bigger, the rhymes tougher and Let`s see complicated. The vibe of things began to change–and it was all pretty good. But not all of it worked out well.
What were hip-hop’s effects on alt-rock in the 90s? Here’s part two of that exploration.
Songs heard on this show:
Helmet & House of Pain, Just Another Victim
House of Pain, Jump Around
Cypress Hill, Insane in the Brain
Beastie Boys, Sabotage
Massive Attack, Teardrop
Korn, Freak on a Leah
Kid Rock, Bawidaba
Linkin Park, In the End
Everything has been put into a playlist by Eric Wilhite.
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