Hipster hop

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Hipster hop
Stylistic origins Alternative hip hop, EDM, hip hop
Cultural origins Early to mid-2000s in the United States
Typical instruments Vocals, synthesizers, turntables, samplers, keyboards, guitars, strings

Hipster hop, a portmanteau of hipster and hip hop, is a sub-genre of alternative hip hop, more specifically, "indie rock-informed hip-hop".[1] It is also known as hipster rap.[2]

According to critic Matt Preira, writing in the Miami New Times, hipster-hop constitutes a "discernable transition in rap music," one which incorporates elements of hipster culture. Preira claims that it is "a brewing microgenre poised to take the mainstream by storm".[3] Chicago Reader critic Miles Raymer says that hipster rappers "screw around with old school signifiers," but that hipster rap "embodies the same sort of utopian, big-tent ideal that old-school hip-hop did." According to Raymer, it works the "leading edge of the interplay between rap music and dance music," while being defined by hipsteresque fashions and attitudes.[2]

In summary, hipster rap is characterized by a blurring of the lines between "'pure' rap, hip-hop, R&B, pop, and rock".[4] Critics have often associated it with Seattle, Washington groups such as Mad Rad, although the group denies that their music falls into the genre.[5]

Das Racist at Governors Ball 2011

Popular hipster hop artists (or artists associated with the style) include Childish Gambino, Kid Sister, Kreayshawn, XV, Chiddy Bang, Macklemore, Azealia Banks, The Swank, Air Dubai.[1][2][3][4][6] Beck's song Clock, from Stray Blues, has been called "deadpan hipster-hop" by Allmusic.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mike Osegueda (8 July 2011). "Fresh artists step up halfway through 2011". The Fresno Bee. 
  2. ^ a b c Miles Raymer (5 June 2008). "Don't Hate Them Because They're Hip: One of Chicago's hottest scenes has attracted the inevitable backlash.". The Chicago Reader. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Matt Preira (10 May 2011). "Five Key Moments in the Chronology of Hipster Hop". Miami New Times. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Harrison Garcia (11 February 2011). "Hipster Hop in Denver: Great music from Air Dubai and Input". The Denver Examiner. 
  5. ^ Jonathan Cunningham (15 April 2009). "The Party Keeps Getting Better for Champagne Champagne". The Seattle Weekly. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  6. ^ Matt Preira (13 May 2011). "Catch Up With Kid Cudi and His Emo-Synth Hipster Hop at La Covacha May 20". Miami New Times. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  7. ^ Vladimir Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra, and Stephen Thomas Erlewine (2002). All music guide to rock: the definitive guide to rock, pop, and soul (3rd ed.). San Francisco: Backbeat Books. p. 84. ISBN 0-87930-653-X.  (available on Google books)