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A brief look back at musical trends and what it may be leading up to.

To take a look at the modern music scene, is to peer into the vast and ever changing opinion of the public and the whims of what is and is not entertaining. Coming into the new millennium, it's easy to pass off a diverse world of new sound and a generation of young listeners as a single scene of music with all the stereotypes, stereo-hype, political affiliations, and future "VH1 behind the music" shows waiting to happen. But also to look at the modern music scene and the trends it leaves behind may tell us what we can expect more and less of in this new era of music.

The preceding decade of music left us with a spectrum of sound and new approach toward what is real in music. In the early nineties, the youth of America parted ways with the cheese hair metal, and new wave acts of the eighties. We found new voices in that of Kurt Cobain (Nirvana),

Chris Cornell, (Sound Garden), Eddie Vetter (Pearl Jam), and many other patriots of the Seattle super sub culture, that became house hold names everywhere in America. The birth and death of mainstream alternative left like it had arrived, unexpected.

Somewhere before hip hop, there was rap, but the nineties was the decade for transition of rap into hip hop. Again people seemed to see through the manufactured acts like Vanilla Ice, and M.C. Hammer, and it gave way to the rise of Ice T, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog, Warren G, etc, etc, etc.

The image of the rap act had evolved into something harder, more realistic to the urban culture, and furious to the world.

And toward the end of this very split musical decade, there was a hybrid that had formed. The rap rock hybrid was coined when Limp Bizcuit came busting onto the scene under the wings of Power Rock band Korn. Soon they'd be standing high on their own two feet, with others behind them. In the meantime, bands like Rage Against The Machine, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Sublime had found their own way of working very rap like styling into a world of rock, punk, funk, Dub, Hip Hop, and hardcore. With so many genres of music becoming apparent toward the current music scene, you knew was only a matter of time, before businessman decided to start building bands instead of signing them. In come a new fleet of attractive teenage boys and girls with enough sex appeal to kill a small mammal, and keep people infatuated with their catchy songs about love and dancing long enough to discover an entire demography of fans, who can't live without the floaty tunes in their life.

At the end of this entire decade, one more era of music became apparent in the controversial hip-hop artist Eminem, who found his way onto the music scene after his second album which took everyone by surprise with tracks that seemed violent and angry. Two buzzwords that became Slim Shady's trademark onto his next Album the "Marshall Mathers LP", which continued to have phenomenal sales despite his woman hating, homosexual bashing, and other politically incorrect tracks. Some people attribute his success to the boy band era that preceded him, because he has become the anti hero and people like that. Others claim he represents a part of our nation that consists of angry kids that identify with such an extreme style of music.

In the end what can we expect in the future? More of the same might be a good answer right now. The way things look, each music has always represented a specific market of buyers, and although the scene as of late seems to have been mainly the same artists over and over, don't be surprised when the cycle of rebellion repeats. When boy bands die out, and more white rappers join the mainstream scene, rock just never sounds the same and new sounds come up from the underground to stunt it all, that's when things seem to be the most interesting.

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