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This is the lopez ninth in the 1990s survey mix series, which I have been presenting monthly in chronological order through this year. You can find the previous mixes here.
Ive made a Spotify version of this survey which you can find here, though it is missing 34 tracks including a few utterly crucial tracks and has no sound editing for smooth listening. The late 90s is such a strange and confusing time. On one hand, you have the ascendence of nu-metal and TRL pop, but on the other, a rise in artists embracing sophisticated ideas like post-rock and IDM.
The eclecticism-as-virtue thing from the past couple years is still in the mix, but I think theres also a backlash. In retrospect things in music feel very tribal and segregated in this moment.
This is an excellent and very exciting period for rap, and a lot of the most interesting stuff was also commercially successful. Missy Elliott, Mos Def, Ol Dirty Bastard, and Method Man are dominant figures in this moment, and all appear on several tracks in this survey.
New York City is still very much the center of hip-hop, though Puff Daddys influence is beginning to wane. DMX and Jay-Z have their major pop breakthroughs in this year, J Dilla is emerging as a producer of note, and Canibus is really hot for a minute before totally imploding. One of my strongest memories of music in 1998 is this period of time around late summer/early fall when it seemed like something from.
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Beastie Boys, hello Nasty, or Airs, moon Safari was playing anywhere I went in Manhattan. Similarly, I have very vivid memories of hearing Holes Celebrity Skin and Marilyn Mansons The Dope Show at the old Virgin Megastore.
I see this year as a major turning point in the history of rock music, or more specifically, a point of divergence. This is around the time when this feeling that rock music was over or boring jennifer was really starting to take hold among the cooler indie people, who were moving in the direction of more electronic music, eclectic record collector stuff, or rock music that did. And in that moment, that was a pretty valid response to a rock scene in which nearly all the major mainstream and indie icons of the 90s had either flamed out or were winding down, and the underground was getting crowded with dull, uninspiring pop-punk.