Four very different bands can lay claim to the title of Greatest of the 90's. This was my era so I have chosen who I believe were the most influential of the decade
Easily one of the most memorable (and saddest) moments of the 90's, Kurt Cobain's death in 1994 marked the end of the Grunge era. Few bands have ever had such a deeply moving effect on an Industry as Nirvana. The albums Nevermind and In Utero are both critically acclaimed and also well received by fans. Nirvana have probably influenced rock 'n' roll culture more than any other band. Ever.
Metallica, with The Black Album, created one of the defining Hard Rock moments of the 90's. Songs like Enter Sandman, Sad But True, The Unforgiven and Nothing Else Matters are anthems in their own right but the fact that they all the grace the same album is quite remarkable. In Symphony and Metallica they possibly recorded one of the best live records ever made - all backed by the San Francisco Symphonic Orchestra.
3) Red Hot Chili Peppers
Known for their bluesy psychedelic funk sound, RHCP were one of the most prolific bands of the 90's. Their breakthrough album BloodSexSugarMagik was followed up by One Hot Minute, a recording made minus their talismanic guitarist John Frusciante. He later rejoined the band to record the widely regarded and critically acclaimed record Californication. During this decade, the Chilis produced many Billboard top ten singles, like Under The Bridge, Aeroplane and Californication. Musical dexterity aside, RHCP are wildly creative song-writers in their own respect.
The results are:
1) Nirvana 13pts
2) RHCP 9pts
3) Metallica 8pts
Who was the greatest MC to ever take hold of a microphone? Let's take a look at three of the greatest IMO.
Nas, the Supreme Conversationalist. His rhyming style is like an older head kicking knowledge to a young-un. As his voice raises barely above a decibel, Nas' rhymes tell stories of ghetto problems and street hustling. Twenty-one when Illmatic was released, Nas showed the world mic skills well beyond his age. Often considered to be the Greatest Hip Hop record of all time, tracks like NY State of Mind and The World Is Yours paint pictures of Nas' life in the Ghetto. In short, an explosive start to an unstoppable career.
Tupac was always a prolifically-gifted socio-conscious thinker. His debut single "Brenda's Got A Baby" is a hard-hitting reminder of the problem of pimping and prostitution in America. All Eyez On Me, released in 1996 has become one of the biggest selling records of all time, thanks to production by Dr Dre. It was certified diamond by the RIAA eighteen years after his death. Tupac remains one of the world's most popular rappers and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.
The Notorious BIG is widely regarded as the greatese rhyme spitter to have ever lived. Videos of him freestyling at seventeen showcase an unbelievable talent. He was a ferocious slanger as well. The album "The Biggie Duets" tells us what the industry thought of him and he still remains probably the widely respected MC to ever have graced the mic, East or West.
I have scored each MC on different criteria:
Scores are as follows:
1. Biggie 10pts
Joint 2 & 3: Nas and Tupac 7pts
Keeping in mind that these were all exceptional MCs, why don't you decide on your GOAT?