Ongoing History of New Music

Published on March 16th, 2018 | by Jon Bunnies


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

Beck, Loser

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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  •  The show runs at 11 am Sunday. This, by the way, is a great option for American listeners who are prevented from listening to the show live because of geo-blocking,

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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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