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 Music/DJShadow, to the synthesizer songwriter Music/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.]]
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!! Instrumental Hip-Hop Artists [[note]] Include a link to a song or two if possible. [[/note]]

* ''Damu the Fudgemunk:'' "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5vfRwT8I30 Brooklyn Flower.]]"
* ''DJ Krush:'' "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVjgRlto8PI Kemuri.]]"
* Music/DJShadow: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4E60Ffa9yQ Organ Donor.]]"
* ''DJ Vadim:'' "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgBfQsXcEpw The Next Shit.]]"
* ''El-P'' (His Mixtapes, his full albums are all rapping): "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXw_HUarC10 Drivin' Down the Block.]]"
* ''Flying Lotus:'' "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtjZOf0WmdE Zodiac Shit]]" ['''Seizure Warning''']
* Music/GrandmasterFlashAndTheFuriousFive (TropeMakers): "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXNzMVLqIHg Grandmaster Flash's Adventures on the Wheels of Steel.]]"
* ''Hermitude:'' "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLPAStzQqqY HyperParadise]]"
* Music/JDilla: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4rUKcVxbgM Lightworks.]]"
* ''Joe Boyd Vigil:'' Probably best known for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfadJj4d5K4 his work on Toonami.]]
* ''Paul White:'' "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPK0jlWc9uQ Alien Nature.]]"
* ''Music/Rjd2:'' "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abeUTN9OB8I The Horror.]]"
* Music/{{Nujabes}} (He specializes in instrumental beats but sometimes has a rapper or singer over them): "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-tTmSY4m4M Counting Stars]]" and "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9hwjQBQFIo Aruarian Dance.]]"
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