Abstracthiphop is a genre of hip hop music that features unconventional production techniques and abstract lyrical content. It typically uses samples from a variety of sources, often combining elements of jazz, funk, soul and electronic music.
The ethos of hip hop is an important tool for poor, marginalized youth to reflect on their life experiences and provide counter-narratives that critique current society. Its production has been studied in the United States, Europe and Latin America and has been used to express performers’ reflections on social, political, and economic problems.
Embracing productive consumption (Schumacher 1995), hip hop embodies a racialized subculture that promotes a culture of creative renovation in the context of youth-oriented markets. This ethos is informed by a sense of scarcity and the need to engage in productively appropriating cultural symbols that are abundant within capitalist societies.
Artists in the genre of hip hop use this ethos to create their own unique style of music. Some of the most popular artists in this genre are Kanye West, Snoop Dogg and Eminem.
Lyrically, these artists are more focused on existentialism or social institutions rather than braggadocio and everyday problems. They also tend to eschew most of the traditional conventions of the genre including rhythm, rhyme and melody.
These albums have a lot of emotion in them and are very experimental in production as there are sudden cuts that occur constantly throughout the album. The lyrics are very deep and intense which is rare for this genre.