14. Missy Eliot
By combining Afrofuturism with hip hop, Missy Eliot introduced a brand new genre into the 21st century. Sci-Hop, her original mix of base-heavy beats and futuristic melodies, was ‘borrowed’ by so many performers, it got recognized as a brand new genre. Missy’s tracks weren’t the best of sci-hop, but they’re the inspiration for all the others. By 2012, her concepts were adapted and improved by OutKast, Aaliyah, Janelle Monáe and Destiny’s Child.
13. LCD Soundsystem
One of the defining sounds of the 21st century, known as dance punk or slow funk, was introduced by DFA (formerly LCD Soundsystem). The label started as a collaborative weekend project by two buddies – James Murphy and Tim Goldsworthy. They were quickly recognized for their talent and went on to produce multiple award-winning albums. Today, they’re hailed as the duo that revolutionized music by the likes of The Rapture, Guerilla Toss and Holy Ghost, among many others.