Currently jamming to this throwback collection which spectacularly enough features a closed bag of coffee beans as a front cover.
This sprawling collection spans seven discs featuring the oft maligned but stunningly catchy U Can’t Touch This by M.C. Hammer, the swagger and stomp of Social Distortion’s Ball and Chain, the new jack swing of Ice T’s New Jack Hustler, the electronic flips, dips and squibs of the Stereo MCs Connected, the walking horror comic metal devastation of White Zombie’s Thunder Kiss ‘65, the power pop, shout-it-out-loud chorus of Gin Blossom’s Hey Jealousy, the inimitable radiant class of En Vogue with Free Your Mind… I mean, this set is pitch perfect from the folks at Rhino Records who rarely let me down. We won’t discuss that six disc outtakes box of Iggy and the Stoooges. No, we won’t.
Revisiting an era of droopy-drawers rappers, bedroom beatmakers, and a musical revolution that was definitely televised, Rhino bridges the musical divides with the ultimate decade capsule.
This seven-disc, 130-track collection fuses everything image-shattering rocker Sinead O’Connor’s stunning cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U,” to the arrival of the bruising locomotive hooks of Helmet (“Unsung”) and Pantera (“Walk”), all the way to the sample-hugged atmospherics of Moby’s “Natural Blues,” which wraps up the eight-hour-plus odyssey. Other artists include Oasis, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jewel, Aaliyah, Hanson, Primus, Busta Rhymes, Wilco, and many more.
Much like its sisters in Rhino’s cultural canon, Whatever boasts limited-edition packaging: a clear plastic pouch loaded with coffee beans secured by a thermal sleeve bearing an array of zeitgeist-capturing faux-corporate logos. Includes an 84-page book with essays by Jim DeRogatis, Joel Stein, Brian Ives, and Clark Humphrey, as well as a Q&A with SubPop cofounder Jonathan Poneman, track notes, and a fact-filled ’90s timeline.