Will You '70s Babies Quit Talking About How Much Better Rap Was in the '90s?

Radio is embracing all types of hip-hop, not just club music.

People tend to complain about hip-hop radio (a lot of which has to do with the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the rise of Clear Channel, and things that have more to do with business than music) but props where they're due: If you take a look at Billboard charts from the '90s, you'll see a lot less of the rap records now considered classics (see: Tribe Called Quest) and a lot of random hits that are kind of forgotten (see: Wreckx-n-Effect's "Rump Shaker"). A lot of that has to do with the narrow lane of strictly club-and-party music that the radio tended to play. Now, you can turn on the radio and hear records form acts like Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore, and even Chief Keef—artists who had virtually no chance of getting radio play in the '90s.

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