Ongoing History of New Music

The Ongoing History of New Music, Encore presentation: 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 more 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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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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