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Instrumental hip hop

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Instrumental hip hop is hip hop music without vocals. Hip-hop as a general rule consists of two elements: an instrumental track (the "beat") and a vocal track (the "rap"). The artist who crafts the beat is the DJ or the producer, and the one who crafts the rap is the MC. In this format, the rap is almost always the primary focus of the song, providing most of the complexity and variation over a more or less repetitive beat.

Instrumental hip hop includes, but is not limited to, the work of DJs and producers who create music without emcee accompaniment. This format affords them the flexibility to create more complex, richly detailed and varied instrumentals, with less emphasis on vocals. Songs of this genre may wander off in different musical directions without the vocal constraints of mainstream hip hop, in particular electronica.


This style of music was popularized especially in the mid- to late-nineties with the release of DJ Shadow's debut album Endtroducing.... Relying on a combination of sampled funk, hip hop and film score, DJ Shadow chose to describe his music as "cinematic hip hop."

Instrumental hip hop has yet to be fully recognized as a genre unto itself, and is often lumped in with trip hop, electronica, or industrial music.

Instrumental hip hop artists

J. Armz
Aim (hip hop musician)
Dan Nakamura
The Herbaliser
MF Doom
Prefuse 73
Pete Rock
DJ Shadow
Four Tet
Luke Vibert
Boom Bip

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