Though BSB is still touring and making new music, it's almost impossible for them to not still be thought of by most as the adolescent, bubblegum group they once were. Once more, many who aren't familiar with the group or aren't dedicated fans, view them, along with their contemporaries such as N' Sync and O-Town, as somewhat of a novelty; in the same ranks as Menudo and Linear. But hopefully, by giving examples of commonalities between the Florida five and hip-hop will help put a new outlook on the group.
For starters, Backstreet's former label definitely helps give them some hip-hop clout. From 1994 until 2012, the guys were signed to Jive Records, once a division of RCA Records. Before its shutdown, Jive was a label that had always been hip and had an ear to the underground.
Also, Jive is considered one of the most important labels in hip-hop and rap history. Some of the innovating and game-changing emcees that have released albums under Jive are Too $hort, E-40, A Tribe Called Quest, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, UTFO, Souls of Mischief and KRS-One, just to name a few.
Sampling also plays a huge role in why BSB should gain some rap status. There are a couple tracks on the 1996 self-titled album (referred to by many fanatics as the "Red" album) that contain samples you might find surprising. The song "Let's Have A Party" contains a sample of Run-D.M.C.'s "Sucker M.C.'s" Another song to take note of on the 1996 debut, provided it's the bonus-tracks edition, was "Don't Leave Me," a song that's melody was the same of Crag Mack's and the Notorious B.I.G.'s hit "Flava In Ya Ear."
On the 1997 release "Backstreet's Back," Backstreet also did a song called "Set Adrift On Memory Bliss," which was part cover and part remix of the hip-hop duo P.M. Dawn's song of the same name. It contained samples from the original P.M. Dawn recording, as well as some licks from "How High" by rappers Method Man and Redman.
Though the group has sung (and even some rapping from AJ) over great hip-hop samples, they've also been sampled in rap as well. "I Want It That Way" has been sampled several times since its 1999 release by all kinds of different rappers, from electronic rap to underground jazz. The most popular sampling, though, more than likely comes from Oklahoma rapper and beatmaker, Kulprit D.
Per Kulprit, he's a very proud BSB fanatic. On his sophomore mixtape, "Summer Nights In Highland," the eighth track, "Come True," was an uplifting song containing a loop of "Back To Your Heart" from the Backstreet Boys' "Millenium" album. Also, the beat for Ketsuban's song "Where The Party At?" was made by Kulprit D and it contained a sample of the previously mentioned song, "Let's Have A Party." Kulprit has also referenced using more Backstreet samples for his next album via Twitter.
From allusions to hip-hop classics, to working with artists such as T-Pain and The Neptunes, that's why there's just a little bit of G in BSB.