I shouldn't say we'd ever hear.
Way better music earlier. More or less the time period discussed.
I think the 90s was the last great generation for GOOD music. So many awesome bands. Now what is there? Just check out the iTunes top 10. Justin Beiber, Ke$ha (wtf!), and a bunch of other auto-tuned crap. There are hardly any actual bands that are popular anymore. Pretty much all pop music is computer generated now. Kind of a shame!
BTW, heck yes to Pantera. I totally forgot about them!
I used to think the same way too, but there is some seriously killer music still being made- you just need to dig harder. Forget what's popular, the mainstream doesn't know what good or even real music is. Bands like Gojira, Sheavy, Mastodon, Ghost, Down, Gates of Slumber, Dawnbringer, Daylight Dies, Witchcraft, Skeletonwitch, Warbringer... all some world class musicians that are still putting out amazing music. Of course, it all depends on your taste.
As far as 90s Hip Hop, some that I liked:
1990 Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet
1991 Cypress Hill - Cypress Hill
1992 Dr Dre - The Chronic
1992 Gang Starr - Daily Operation
1993 A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Marauders
1993 Wu Tang Clan - Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
1993 Blackmoon - Enta Da Stage
1994 Nas - Illmatic
1994 The Notorius B.I.G. - Ready to Die
1995 GZA - Liquid Swords
1996 Jay-Z Reasonable Doubt
1996 Outkast - ATLiens
1998 Outkast - Aquemini
Magnetic Fields: 69 Love Songs
DJ Shadow: Endtroducing...
Lucinda Williams: Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
Public Enemy: Fear of a Black Planet, Apocalypse 91
Sonic Youth: A Thousand Leaves, Goo
Nirvana: MTV Unplugged, Nevermind, In Utero
LL Cool J: Mama Said Knock You Out
Yo La Tengo: I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One
Pavement: Slanted and Enchanted, Crooked Rain, Wowee Zowee, Brighten the Corners
Liz Phair: Exile in Guyville
Beck: Mellow Gold, Odelay
Archers of Loaf: Vee Vee
PJ Harvey: To Bring You My Love, Rid of Me
Fugees: The Score
Sleater-Kinney: Dig Me Out
Billy Bragg And Wilco: Mermaid Avenue
P.M. Dawn: Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross - The Utopian Experience, The Bliss Album...?
Freedy Johnston: Can You Fly
De La Soul: Buhloone Mindstate
Iris Dement: My Life
Pet Shop Boys: Very
Notorious BIG: Ready to Die, Life After Death
GZA: Liquid Swords
Wu Tang Clan: Enter the Wu Tang (36 Chambers)
Hole: Live Through This
Not sure if you were referring to me (see my avatar) or just in geneal-but I agree-Siamese Dream is the better album than MCIS, although it lacks the lacks the monster hits that they are known for. But Mayonaise, Disarm, Soma are untouchable imo.