So I’m in the process of making an Early 90s Hip Hop/R&B playlist because I did a Late 90s one so it was only necessary. Upon creating this playlist, my only criteria was that it will include music from around 1990 to around 1995.
But there’s one problem.
When I create a playlist, I try to include music that just generally flows together, no matter what order the songs are played in and I’ve noticed that the R&B sound drastically changes around 1993/94.
Maybe ‘drastically’ is an exaggeration, but the shift in musical influence has definitely changed. I’m not a music professional at all, so I have no real reason to why this is the case and my knowledge only branches out to just my biased musical tastes.
I just thought it was really cool how when we say 90s Hip Hop/R&B, we’re most likely referring to years 1993 to ~2001 (maybe up until 2003/04, when Crunk started becoming a thing) and just noticing that musical trend kind of blew my mind.
I know, people probably already realized this, but I don’t care. lol
This time period gave us 50% of the music that most of us are nostalgic about and that’s why I wanted to create the playlist. Now that I’ve ran into this dilemma, I don’t even know if I can pair music from 1990 to 92 with music from 93 to 95. It just doesn’t even seem to mix well because the sound changed so much (But I’m probably going to do it anyway, lol).