Boom bap

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Boom bap is a music production style that was prominent in East Coast hip hop music during the 1990s.[1]

The term "boom bap" is an onomatopoeia that represents the sounds used for the bass (kick) drum and snare drum, respectively. The style is usually recognized by a main drum loop that uses a hard-hitting, acoustic bass drum sample on the downbeats, a snappy acoustic snare drum sample on the upbeats, and an "in your face" audio mix emphasizing the drum loop, and the kick-snare combination in particular.

Prominent hip hop artists that incorporated "boom bap" in their music include Nas, Gang Starr KRS-One, Mobb Deep, Boot Camp Clik, Wu-Tang Clan, Common, A Tribe Called Quest, and Big L.

Key producers include DJ Premier, Marley Marl, Large Professor, and Pete Rock.


  1. ^ "Exploring Boom Bap". Retrieved 2018-12-14.