Abstracthiphop is a form of hip hop that eschews many of the genre’s conventions. Lyrically, artists often focus on more abstract ideas such as existentialism or social institutions rather than everyday problems or braggadocio. They also tend to avoid the more upfront, visceral language of typical Hip Hop, preferring extensive metaphors and symbolic word choice.
This genre aims to explore the conditions and origins of Rap music and Hip Hop culture from a sociological standpoint. While this approach may seem a bit difficult for some, it offers an important perspective that is frequently missing.
Understanding the Conditions and Origins of Hip Hop
The roots of Rap music and Hip Hop culture can be traced back to the early 1990s. At that time, the music was viewed with a lot of condescension by the over-thirty generation. This condescension was based on the idea that rap was a violent form of music and the rappers had an aggressive tone that sounded masculine.
Critics also believed that Rap was a form of racism because the rappers used racial slurs. This was a common opinion among the conservative media at that time.
Fortunately, this view has changed in recent years. Today, Hip Hop is a cultural phenomenon that has transcended race and gender to become a global phenomenon.
In the 2000s, abstract hip hop has emerged as a fixture of the underground hip hop scene. These artists eschew the more conventional elements of Hip Hop, instead focusing on more abstract lyrical content and unconventional beats that are akin to that of experimental hip hop. These artists often have very different approaches to lyrical content, but they all share an experimental and esoteric style that is both exciting and addicting.