I was sitting in a pub during my lunch break on Monday, and whaddaya know, New Radicals comes on with their smash (one-hit) single “You Get What You Give.” Figured it was time to look through my iTunes library and see what 1998 had to offer. It was the unfortunate demise of an iconic Hip Hop group you may have heard of, A Tribe Called Quest and the entrance of another; the Gorillaz. We met a blonde teenager named Britney Spears, and said goodbye to a legend, Frank Sinatra.
The year is 1995 and Dre wants us to keep our heads ringing, Coolio makes his mainstream entrance and exit, Radiohead takes the pivotal sophomore record plunge, as do The Roots, Pac takes it back and Mobb shakes it up.
This is the second instalment to the Throwback Thursday feature. 2001 is the year.
Jay-Z released the first Blueprint which would be later followed by two more. The Shins entered the scene with their quirky indie music which later turned to gold. Death Cab For Cutie started gaining some traction as far as being “known” goes. Usher caught fire, from the previous record selling less than a million copies, to 8701 selling almost 8 million worldwide.
Inspired by iTunes shuffling through some gems a few days ago, Throwback Thursday has taken form. It’s always a blast looking through the past; what you jammed to at elementary school dances, the tracks you hid from your parents, the ones that inspired you to stick that Z95.3 sticker on your bumper and everything in between. You may have them hiding in your libraries and just need to dust them off and try again, or you’ve lost them to a overly scratched mix CD, either way enjoy the posts.
First up, 1999. Despite all the pop, it was a strong year in Hip Hop with Dr. Dre’s second LP 2001, Nas’ third, and Jay-Z fourth