Though beats are sometimes considered an afterthought in rap music, Instrumental Hip-Hop makes them the main focus. Vocals--when they appear at all--are either [[{{Sampling}} sampled]], or by guest artists. There are a number of different approaches to Instrumental Hip-Hop, from the more jazzy, downtempo sounds of DJ Vadim, to the genre-hopping DJShadow, to the synthesizer songwriter {{Rjd2}}. But in general, Instrumental Hip-Hop will usually incorporate a number of musical styles (what styles exactly depends on the individual act), but all rooted in hip-hop. Sampling is also quite common in this particular genre of music. Turntablism is a subgenre focused solely around use of the Turntable as an instrument, and TripHop can be considered a cousin. [[ThemeNaming Many instrumental hip-hop acts have names with "DJ" in them.]]

!!Instrumental Hip-Hop Artists[[note]]Include a link to a song or two if possible.[[/note]]

* Damu The Fudgemunk: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5vfRwT8I30 Brooklyn Flower]]
* Music/DJKrush: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVjgRlto8PI Kemuri]]
* DJShadow: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4E60Ffa9yQ Organ Donor]]
* Music/DJVadim: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgBfQsXcEpw The Next Shit]]
* El-P (His Mixtapes, his full albums are all rapping): [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXw_HUarC10 Drivin' Down the Block]]
* Music/FlyingLotus: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtjZOf0WmdE Zodiac Shit]] ['''Seizure Warning''']
* Music/GrandmasterFlashAndTheFuriousFive (TropeMaker): [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXNzMVLqIHg Grandmaster Flash's Adventures on the Wheels of Steel]]
* Hermitude: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLPAStzQqqY HyperParadise]]
* Music/JDilla: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4rUKcVxbgM Lightworks]]
* Joe Boyd Vigil: Probably best known for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfadJj4d5K4 his work on Toonami]].
* {{Nujabes}}: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OobUV9q0aDA Battlecry]]
* Paul White [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPK0jlWc9uQ Alien Nature]]
* Rjd2: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abeUTN9OB8I The Horror]]