Abstracthiphop – Ethos & Cultural Theory

Abstracthiphop is a sub-genre of hip hop that combats the mainstream sound and is much more obscure both lyrically and sonically. This type of music is quite interesting and addicting to listen to.

Taking inspiration from artists like DJ Krush, Madlib, Dalek, Clouddead, Aesop Rock and more, abstracthiphop is an experimental music counterculture movement with engagingly cryptic lyrics mixed with experimental beats. It is also a great introduction to rap and a very exciting genre to listen to!

Ethos & Cultural Theory

A culture is defined by the density of overlapping and typically implicit observations, practices, priorities, and commitments. This is an important characteristic of culture and ethos because it shows that different groups of people may engage with and/or respond to the same phenomenon differently.

Ethos is a cultural characteristic that can be used to identify the moral grounding of a group of people. The ethos surrounding hip hop is that of a distinct yet pervasive expression of contemporary black subjectivity, which crystalized in 1970s New York City and has since proliferated into a potent ethos of the subaltern embraced within socially marginalized youth communities throughout the world.

The ethos of hip hop is rooted in a black diasporic tradition of expressive performance, which stems from processes of recuperative rootedness in local specificities and expansive mobility across space and time. Through these processes, a plurality of black diasporic traditions get molded into what scholars have identified as a distinctively polyphonic character: an ethos that embraces contradiction by both privileging and undermining notions of what is real.

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