Hipster hop

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Hipster hop, a portmanteau of hipster and hip hop, is a subgenre 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]


Das Racist at Governors Ball 2011

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]

Popular hipster hop artists (or artists associated with the style) include Kid Cudi, Childish Gambino, Mikill Pane, Kid Sister, Kreayshawn, XV, Chiddy Bang, Azealia Banks, The Swank, Air Dubai.[1][2][3][4][6]

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  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.