It’s time for the next installment of my Decades series, wherein I dive into the albums from a certain year across four decades. Currently I’m on the 3’s, having covered 1973 and 1983. That brings us to 1993, the year I turned 21.
I generally have a pretty low opinion of the 90s as a musical decade, at least in terms of what dominated the radio and the charts. But I hope to unearth some gems.
As always, I will start by counting down my own favorite albums of 1993 before highlighting ten albums new to me that received critical/commercial acclaim.
My apologies to all the “niggaz and bitches” in my readership who might be offended by today’s Song of the Day. The Random iTunes Fairy can be politically incorrect.
This song is a nice example of why I don’t listen to a lot of rap. While I really enjoy the 90s G-funk sound that Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre made popular, I tire quickly of songs about drug use, gangs and women as sex objects.
I don’t own much rap music. I can probably count on one hand the rap artists in my collection: Eminem, Public Enemy, Outkast, Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, maybe one or two more I’m not thinking of.
Looking at that list, Snoop Dogg is the one that stands out as unlike the others. The rest are groundbreaking in one way or another… Public Enemy’s outspoken politics, Outkast’s prog-rock ambitions, Kanye’s alternative musicality, Eminem’s lyricism (and the color of his skin).
But Snoop Dogg is just another L.A. gangsta who raps about scoring bitches and getting high. He kind of epitomizes the macho excess that typifies that sub-culture. If he has a standout trait, it’s probably that he smokes more weed than any of his contemporaries.