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Music in the nineties can be simply described as diverse Diverse meaning that music has been segregated into hundreds of groups This report will refer in detail to three genres of music Alternative Country Rap Alternative Rock It will also cover certain aspects indicative of the 90s Alternative Country Music In 1990 a band called Uncle Tupelo from Belleville Illinois released their debut album Titled No Depression it featured a rough mixture of punk-rock songs but it also added something different several toned-down acoustic ballads that had a distinct country flavor A few years later that simple little song and album title became the name of an internet fan club and chat group It didnt stop there in 1995 a magazine of the same name went into publication and No Depression soon became the leading title for a progressive alternative country movement Other names include insurgent country Americana or simply altcountry the latter is a reminder of the role the internet has played in the growth and publicity of this movement For the most part No Depression or altcountry bands arent much of a threat to the sales figures of mainstream Nashville country artists But the speed with which this music has caught on has shown that a substantial number of people have grown weary of the overproduced pop trends of 1990s mainstream country music and the limited range of styles and sounds that are typically played on country radio stations Rap Music Rap of the late 70s and 80s commonly called old school was made by DJs scratching records and playing drum loops with MCs rapping over the resulting rhythms As the genre progressed hard-rock guitars and hard-hitting beats were introduced by Run-DMC the first hardcore rap group and the scratching techniques were replaced by sampling With their dense collages of samples beats and white noise Public Enemy took sampling to the extreme and they helped introduce a social and political conscience to rap
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