Posts Tagged ‘’90s’

R&B and Hip-Hop Rock Fusions of the ’90s.

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of old mix CDs that i’ve kept from over the years. It reminds me of songs that were my jam back in the day while also reminding me of my embarrassing guilty pleasures. While listening to one of these nostalgic compact discs, a very oh so familiar tune played and I nearly died. It was the hard hittin’ hip-hop/rock fusion known as the “It’s All About the Benjamins” Rock Remix. I was completely ALL about this remix. It made rock cool to the other brown kids at school that made fun of me for listening to Black Sabbath and Bush.

My first memory of any sort of hip-hop/rock fusion was actually, RUN-DMC’s “Walk This Way” video. My 2 year old child brain couldn’t handle how awesome it was. I remember dancing to it and having the feeling of “It’s going to be so cool when I am a grown up and I have rap/rock battles!” You watch this video and you tell me it’s not STILL one of the coolest things you’ve ever seen.

“It’s All About the Benjamins” Rock Remix definitely tried to bring that kick ass fusion element and I respect Diddy for that. Even some R&B musicians attempted at rocking out in their remixes. Not many people remember the greatness of the “Fix” by Blackstreet remix. It was so ace!

First of all, please note how HOT Slash is (and always is) in this video. Second of all, if you had Ol’ Dirty Bastard involved in your remix it instantly made it a hit (R.I.P. ODB, you were the perfect weirdo).

Why aren’t these hip-hop and R&B fusions popular anymore? I feel like they have the element of being great party starter music but they don’t seem to become a trend. How do you feel about these musical fusions?

Stay sexy Gotham!
latanya

Top Ten ’90s Female Alt-Rock Songs That Rocked My World

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

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I love to think back on life during the late ’80s and ’90s. I feel like the movies, music, and shows of the ’90s are a big part of who I am. ’90s pop culture form me into this fabulous crazy lady I am today. After meeting Courtney Love last Friday, I have been listening to a ton of female Alt-Rock from the ’90s. I have been dancing in my underwear and singing into brushes all week. I couldn’t help but realize that some of these songs helped shaped my womanhood. With all of this said, I made a “Top Ten ’90s Female Alt-Rock Songs That Rocked My World” list. So put on a flannel shirt and take a walk down ’90s memory lane with me.

10. Alanis Morissette, “You Oughta Know”

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Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” album came out in 1995 and it was hard hittin’! “You Oughta Know” was the first single off of this album and man did it teach us young ladies a hell of a lesson. It taught us the feeling that we didn’t know we were going to have the first time we saw and ex with his new lady. It’s like, you’ve always wanted a way to express that feeling and Alanis did it with a brilliant single.

9. Garbage, “I’m Only Happy When It Rains”

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Garbage released this song as their third single on their self-titled debut studio album. This song was my emotional pain anthem. Shirley Manson sang about getting used to being emo but embracing and accepting it. It was a pretty powerful song for my young ass to be dancing around to but I am happy it happened.

8. Fiona Apple, “Criminal”

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When this video would come on, I was always hypnotized. At the time, Fiona was 19, full of soul and beyond her years. “Criminal” was the third single off of her album Tidal. The song is about using your sexuality to get what you desire but feeling bad about doing so. Yeah, we listened to some deep chick rock in the ’90s.

7. The Breeders, “Cannonball”

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When I discovered The Breeders it was one of those young kid “bad ass” moments. I was up way later than I should have been and the video for Cannonball” came on MTV and I instantly turned into a huge music snob. It was love at first listen/watch.

6. Hole, “Violet”

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Courtney Love makes me want to walk around in vintage dresses, with a flask and combat boots. This song would come on and I instantly would feel like I was a rock and roll Goddess. Violet is timeless. My mother never was a fan of Hole or the fact that Courtney Love always appeared to be a hot mess but this didn’t stop me from jumping on the sofa to this jam.

5. Veruca Salt, “Volcano Girls”

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Veruca Salt made it okay to be whiny with this one. “Volcano Girls” was released as a single on their album “Eight Arms to Hold You”. My favorite memory of this song was used in the beginning of the film “Jawbreaker” which is one of my favorites. It was perfect for the intro to such a dark and twisted comedy.

4. The Cranberries, “Zombie”

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I am pretty sure I try to hum along to most The Cranberries songs but this one is just fun. I think everyone howls along once the chorus comes in…”Zombie, zombie, zombie! Hey, hey, hey, hey, oh, dou, dou, dou, dou, dou…” It is so ’90s and so perfect. This song has been on heavy rotation all week.

3. No Doubt, “Just a Girl”

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Men and women alike can not resist the powers of No Doubt’s perky ska infused rock jam “Just a Girl”. This neo-feminist song was way more than just another novelty item. The video was so vibrant and Gwen made her mark as a style icon. I watched the video earlier this week since I haven’t seen it in years and I had to watch it two times in a row. So good!

2. Bjork, “It’s Oh So Quiet”

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Aside from the song being catchy and wonderful, this has to be one of the most memorable music videos ever made. It starts with Bjork coming out of a dirty bathroom in an auto shop and then all dancing/singing hell breaks loose. It was a modern day musical of a music video and we all loved it. Bjork has the gift of making something quirky and weird but not over doing it to where people wouldn’t understand. This video completely suits her style.

1. Tracy Bonham, “Mother Mother”

For some reason everyone I know forgets about this song. It’s sad because it’s so so good. Tracy Bonham’s “Mother Mother” stood out among the angry girl female rock of the ’90s. The song is in the format of a manic phone call to her mother to check in. The concept of the video is fucking fantastic. I had to include the actual video so you can look for yourself and remember the greatness. Please take note of her OCD mother. I can appreciate a clean house but gosh! I am rather sure if I would have called my mother with an update like this my mother would have probably called the police.

The ’90s were full of songs that spoke to us and shaped our brains I am going to take a moment to be old and say “They don’t make music like they used to”.

Stay sexy Gotham!

latanya