Instrumental Hip Hop
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 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 DJ Shadow, 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 Trip Hop can be considered a cousin. Many instrumental hip-hop acts have names with "DJ" in them.
Instrumental Hip-Hop Artistsnote
- Damu The Fudgemunk: Brooklyn Flower
- DJ Krush: Kemuri
- DJ Shadow: Organ Donor
- DJ Vadim: The Next Shit
- El-P (His Mixtapes, his full albums are all rapping): Drivin' Down the Block
- Flying Lotus: Zodiac Shit [Seizure Warning]
- Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five (Trope Maker): Grandmaster Flash's Adventures on the Wheels of Steel
- Hermitude: HyperParadise
- J Dilla: Lightworks
- Joe Boyd Vigil: Probably best known for his work on Toonami.
- Paul White Alien Nature
- Rjd2: The Horror
- Nujabes (he specializes in instrumental beats but sometimes has a rapper or singer over them): "Counting Stars" and "Aruarian Dance"