So many stars influenced our pop culture world in the 1990s. Music wise, it was all across the board from hip-hop, pop, and rock music. During the decade, hip-hop and R&B introduced us to new artists who would still continue to create new music for new generations. It also produced powerful female artists who ended up changing the game in the rap world by becoming pioneers in their own right. There are too many celebrities to list here so we narrowed it down to a few artists whose impact on music still shines.
1.) Beyonce Knowles
This list would be a complete fail if we didn’t add Queen Bey to our list. We love her for her sheer determination, artistic experimentation, and overall maturity. In the 90’s we watched rise to fame with her Destiny’s Child sistas.
When she left the group we knew she was only going to get bigger in her music career. She has definitely grown as a solo artist since her “Dangerously In Love” days. Knowles’ newest album Lemonade is a sign of she’s at the top of her musical game. We can’t wait to hear and see more of what Bey has in store for us.
2.) Missy Elliot
The 90s was a pinnacle decade for women in hip-hop. Missy Elliot was at the forefront of female rappers changing how the world views black woman and black rappers. Since the beginning of her career, she has always been authentic. Her music video style were so surreal but we loved them because they were innovative. Lyrically, she’s always been about female empowerment. What’s not to love about her?
After what feels like a lifetime absence from the music scene, Missy Elliott resurfaced in epic ways., such as making an appearance in the Super Bowl XLIX back in 2015. She released a brand new single “I’m Better” from her seventh album the following year.
3.) Erykah Badu
Who remembers hearing “On & On” on the radio in the mid-90s? There’s really no artist who’s as spiritual and woke as Erykah Badu who, like Missy Elliot, is unashamed about being themselves or shedding light on social issues. A free spirit, Badu’s neo-soul music still resonates with many fans since her 1997 debut Baduizm.
These days she is still performing. Whether or not she puts out a new album, we still adore her.
4.) En Vogue
We’re “never gonna get” enough of EnVogue, one of the most successful acts of the 90s. C’mon! Who can forget their catchy track “Free Your Mind”? It played in our heads for the rest of 1992 and the subsequent years to come.
Best of all, these lovely ladies are still together and going strong! Their new album Electric Cafe will is set to be out this December!