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The combination — not to mention Blige's powerhouse voice, which added extra gravitas to songs like the feather-light "Real Love" — resulted in cross-generational success. In the immediate, inspired the likes of Mariah Carey and Madonna to incorporate more hip-hop sensibilities into their brands of pop; but even two decades later, tracks like Ariana Grande's "Problem" and Charli XCX's "Boom Clap" operate in Blige's swaggering shadow.
Everything you thought you knew about hip-hop changed in a flash, thanks to an album from a former West Coast electro producer. Dre's lush, studio-recorded instruments seemed huge compared to the last decade of drum machines and sample collections.
The album sold a world to white America that it had never really seen before, and packaged it with a soundtrack so funky there was no avoiding it. It was both raw, uncut underground and carefully composed pop. For the first time ever, hip-hop's mainstream and America's were one. A seemingly conservative maneuver that turned out to be cutting edge.
In a world of house and techno driven by dance-floor whims — especially in rave-addled England — Warp Records were driven by the bottom line when they decided to market a "home listening" version of electronic music: Comfortable, older, middle-class types liable to buy an living room record were a more reliable audience for CD sales than trend-chasing kids.
However Artificial Intelligence served as a handy gathering point for some of electronic music's most experimental minds — Aphex Twin, Autechre, Richie Hawtin, Alex Paterson from the Orb — a brainy exercise that spawned what we now know as "intelligent dance music. It won countless races, including the first-ever Daytona in It was a bike like nothing else. Nirvana weren't the first indie heroes to sign a major label the Replacements, Tim , , or the first to subsequently hit Number One R.
While conscientious writing was already a part of the rap game, for Public Enemy's Chuck D, it was the game. By putting his group's message up front — pro-black, anti-drug, pro-revolution, anti-war — it cemented hip-hop itself as part in the lineage of black revolutionary literature everyone from Tupac Shakur to Killer Mike owes a debt of gratitude.
The revolution wasn't just political. The Bomb Squad's shrill, punk-provocative production underlined the urgency, expanding what you could do with samples, layering funky breaks until they became weapons of noise and chaos. Not only the first classic hip-hop album, but a sharp breaking point from the buoyant post-disco rhythms and future-shocked electro that dominated the genre's first five years on record.
The Hollis, Queens crew did nothing short of reinvent the still-new style in their own image: hard, raw, in your face and catchy enough to challenge anything else in pop. The rap-rock fusion "Rock Box" stands as a foundationally transformative moment for American culture itself, while the earth-shaking one-two punch of "Sucker MCs" and "It's Like That" which had been released together in a landmark single segued from Herculean MC grandstanding to complex social realism.
The album is minimal and stark, but still feels like an audacious good time. While compilation albums were nothing new, the U.
The 30 songs on Now's first volume filled two LPs, and the albums' compilers took enough of a wide-lens view on the idea of "pop" to offer unexpected left-turns: Culture Club, Rod Stewart, Mike Oldfield and the Rock Steady Crew all shared a side. The American version launched in with an album starring the Backstreet Boys and Radiohead.
Accordingly, the series has remained possibly the only safe bet, weathering 30 years of changes in the music industry: The 50th American edition released this year was the 18th in the series to debut at Number One — only the Beatles have more. It's hard to imagine the present-day musical landscape without Thriller , which changed the game both sonically and marketwise. The album's nervy, outsized blend of pop, rock and soul would send seismic waves throughout radio, inviting both marquee crossovers like Eddie Van Halen's guitar solo on "Beat It" and sneakier attempts at genre-meshing.
The album's splashy, cinematic videos — from the John Landis-directed short film that promoted "Thriller" to the West Side Story homage accompanying "Beat It" — legitimized the still-nascent form and forced MTV to incorporate black artists into its playlists. Its promotional strategy, which led to seven of its nine tracks being released as singles, raised the bar for what, exactly, constituted a "hit-laden" LP.
Beyond breaking ground, it broke records, showing just how far pop could reach: the biggest selling album of all time, the first album to win eight Grammys in a single night and the first album to stay in the Top 10 charts for a year.
Part heady avant-garde improv, part well-considered Molotov cocktail, all ways disorienting, Throbbing Gristle's debut steamrolled a new path for underground noiseniks by eschewing most of the formal rules of rock music — drums, guitars, melody and, on Side B, pulse entirely —going directly for the primal appeal of distortion. Sometimes, single releases may be credited to Various Artists wh… read more. Note: You can view albums tagged as 'Various Artists' in your… read more.
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