Abstract Hip Hop is a genre that eschews many of the conventions found in mainstream Hip Hop. Lyrically, artists tend to focus on more abstract ideas such as existentialism or social institutions instead of everyday problems or braggadocio. This style of music also focuses on extensive metaphors and symbolic word choice.
Abstract hip hop is a relatively new subgenre of hip hop that is gaining popularity with the rise of the underground Hip Hop scene in the early 2000s. The abstract hip hop genre uses much more cryptic lyricism than is typically associated with conventional Hip Hop, mainly through extensive metaphors and a slew of symbolic words.
While this sounds intimidating, abstract hip hop is actually a very interesting and addicting genre of music. It combines unconventional production techniques with a variety of musical styles including jazz, soul, funk and electronic music.
This type of music is becoming a popular tool for young people to express themselves and reflect on their experiences. However, there is still a lot of debate on how these songs are produced and what they are intended to communicate.
Artists in this genre have been known to use unusual production techniques such as abrupt cut-offs, distorted vocals and scratching. They have also used a wide range of samples from various sources such as rock, psychedelics, and spirituality to create a unique style of music.
Some rappers use this type of music as a platform to express extreme vulnerability, such as Earl Sweatshirt from Odd Future who raps about his battle with depression and loneliness on Some Rap Songs. Others such as Danny Brown rap about his struggles with drug addiction on XXX.