Abstracthiphop is a genre of music that combines elements of hip hop with experimental and avant-garde sounds. It is characterized by unconventional production techniques, abstract and often surreal lyrical content, and the use of samples from a wide range of sources.
It has become one of the most popular musical genres in the world, influencing youth across the globe and offering a space to express their thoughts on social and cultural issues. In addition to its musical content, Rap music also serves as a tool for poor youth to reflect on their experiences in marginal environments.
The genre is primarily associated with the underground hip-hop scene in the 2000s and has a distinct lyrical approach which focuses on abstract ideas rather than everyday problems. The style of lyricism also tends to use extensive metaphors and symbolic word choice, as well as cryptic references to other songs or events.
Aesop Rock, Madlib, DJ Krush and Clouddead are just a few of the artists that have made this genre popular around the world. It is also heavily influenced by the Bristol ‘Trip Hop’ scene and features more conservative elements of the Rap community like classic dub-drops and dirty cuts directly sampled from vinyl.
Earl Sweatshirt is another example of a rapper who utilizes many jazz samples to create a unique sound. His latest album Some Rap Songs is a very emotional and deeply personal album that shows off his great vulnerability.
The album also features a more experimental sound as there are sudden cut offs in the sound. This is a very different sound from Odd Future’s earlier releases and this is something that sets Earl apart from his peers in the Odd Future gang.