Abstracthiphop is a genre of hip hop that eschews much of the traditional conventions of the genre. Lyrically, abstract hip hop focuses on more abstract ideas such as existentialism or social institutions, instead of braggadocio.
This is a subgenre that has grown in the underground hip hop scene since the 2000s. It combines more experimental beats with lyrics that avoid the more upfront, visceral language of typical hip hop.
Despite the hazy nature of the music, these artists tend to be incredibly talented, with their lyrical style bringing out some of the most interesting and thought-provoking ideas in hip hop today. The genre is characterized by extensive metaphors and symbolic word choice.
These ideas are also often paired with jazz samples, which helps to create an avant-garde, emotional aspect to the music that is rarely found in hip hop.
One of the most important and influential abstract hip hop musicians of all time is Q-Tip, who is best known for his work with A Tribe Called Quest. He has always tried to show the real world, not the magnification of the real world by making artificial and unrealistic images or ideas.
Another important and influential artist in the abstract hip hop genre is Earl Sweatshirt. Originally from Odd Future, his latest album Some Rap Songs is an extremely personal and emotional project that explores issues of loneliness and depression. This album is a very different style to the Odd Future album that we know and love, and is an example of how the abstract hip hop genre can be used to express emotions and feelings in a way that isn’t common.