By 1998, Beck had already proven how colorful his palette was. He blended genres and sampled sounds into such a wonderful mess that critics had to come up with new words to describe what he was doing. But the reason we’re still talking about Beck is because he evolved. He tried new things. “Tropicalia” explores Brazilian styles of the ‘60s, and it was unlike anything else Beck had ever done.
“I've always loved a lot of different exotic music,” he said about the song. “I've been listening to Brazilian music since I was a kid, but I haven't really felt it was something that would come naturally until the last few years. I think for something like 'Tropicalia' I needed to go to places where that music existed in order to get to the point where I could do it myself.”