Alternative hip hop (also known as alternative rap) is a sub-genre of hip hop music that is defined in greatly varying ways. Allmusic defines it as HipHop groups that refuse to conform to any of the traditional stereotypes of rap, such as gangsta, bass, hardcore, and party rap. Instead, they blur genres--drawing equally from funk and pop/rock, as well as jazz, soul, alternative rock, punk, reggae, and even folk. In some circles known as "backpack rap" or "hipster hip-hop", due to its greater appeal to white AlternativeRock fans rather than HipHop fans.


Closely related to ConsciousHipHop

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!!Notable Artists

* 3rd Bass
* Music/AesopRock
* Arrested Development
* A$AP Rocky
* Music/{{Basehead}}
* Music/BeastieBoys (beginning with ''Paul's Boutique'')
* Music/{{Beck}} (among [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly many others]])
* Music/TheBlackEyedPeas (until their GenreShift to GlamRap/Pop during the recording of ''Elephunk'')
* Black Sheep
* Black Star
** Creator/Mos Def
** Talib Kweli
* Music/BigKRIT
* Brand Nubian
* Music/{{Cage}}
* Music/{{Caparezza}}
* Music/{{Champtown}}
* Music/ChildishGambino
* Company Flow
* Music/{{Common}} (also ConsciousHipHop)
* Consolidated (also AlternativeDance, with pronounced {{Industrial}} influences)
* Cool Kids
* The Coup (also ConsciousHipHop)
* Music/CypressHill
* Music/DannyBrown
* Music/DeLaSoul
* Creator/DelThaFunkeeHomosapien
* Music/{{Dessa}}
* Music/DeathGrips
* Music/{{Diafrix}}
* Digable Planets
* Music/DigitalUnderground
* Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy (combined with {{Industrial}} Music, bizarrely enough)
* Music/DoctorSteel
* Music/ElP
* TheFugees
** Music/LaurynHill
* Music/GangStarr
* Goodie Mob
* Music/{{Gorillaz}} (mixed with AlternativeRock)
* Music/JCole
* Jungle Brothers
* Jurassic 5
* Music/KanyeWest
** One of the most unique examples, combining alternative hip hop with GlamRap to create his own individual style with a desire to push the envelope production wise on each album he creates, also well known for the Taylor Swift incident.
** As he himself said "The first nigga with a Benz and a backpack".
* Music/KendrickLamar
* Music/KidCudi
* Music/KiloKish
* Music/KittyPryde
* Little Brother
* Music/LupeFiasco
* Music/{{MIA}}
* Music/MFDoom
* Music/NewKingdom
* Music/{{OFWGKTA}}
* Music/OutKast
* Music/ThePharcyde
* Plan B
* P.M. Dawn
* P.O.S.
* Music/PublicEnemy (although more PoliticalRap, they helped codify this genre and they're often lumped into this category by modern hip hop fans)
* Q-Tip
* Music/QueenLatifah (relatively early in her career, at least)
* The Roots
* Sage Francis
* Saul Williams
* Souls of Mischief
* Spearhead
* The Streets (combined with [[ElectronicMusic UK Garage]])
* Stereo MC's
* Stetsasonic
* Swollen Members
* Music/TDCruze
* Music/TechN9ne
* Music/ATribeCalledQuest
* Music/TinieTempah definitely has some shades of this.
* Music/{{Torae}} when he isn't straight old school.
* [=Us3=]
* Why? (alt hip-hop is apart of this band's GenreRoulette, along with indie rock and acoustic folk)