Boom bap

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Boom bap is a style of production in hip-hop music.

The term "boom bap" is an onomatopoeia for the drum sounds prominent in boom bap. It is usually recognized by a drum loop/break, from either the Roland TR-808 or an acoustic/electronic drum kit (or both, such as a drum kit with TR-808 bass), that is then chopped up and played using a sampler, such as the Akai MPC or the SP1200.[1]

In recent years the boom bap production style has made a slight comeback through artists such as J.Cole, Joey Bada$$,[2] Pro Era and associated acts.


  1. ^ Cheryl Lynette Keyes, Rap Music and Street Consciousness, page 144, University of Illinois Press
  2. ^ Delerme, Felipe (June 26, 2012). "Joey Bada$$: 1999". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 14, 2015.