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.]]

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

* ''Damu the Fudgemunk:'' "[[ Brooklyn Flower.]]"
* [[DJJazzyJeffAndTheFreshPrince DJ Jazzy Jeff]]: "[[ A Touch Of Jazz (Extended Re-Touch)]]"
* ''DJ Krush:'' "[[ Kemuri.]]"
* Music/DJQuik: The "''[[ Quik's Groove]]''" series.
* Music/DJShadow: "[[ Organ Donor.]]"
* ''DJ Vadim:'' "[[ The Next Shit.]]"
* ''Music/ElP'' (His Mixtapes, his full albums are all rapping): "[[ Drivin' Down the Block.]]"
* ''Flying Lotus:'' "[[ Zodiac Shit]]" ['''Seizure Warning''']
* Music/GrandmasterFlashAndTheFuriousFive (TropeMakers): "[[ Grandmaster Flash's Adventures on the Wheels of Steel.]]"
* ''Hermitude:'' "[[ HyperParadise]]"
* Music/JDilla: "[[ Lightworks.]]"
* ''Joe Boyd Vigil:'' Probably best known for [[ his work on Toonami.]]
* ''Kno:'' "[[ Bones]]"
* ''Paul White:'' "[[ Alien Nature.]]"
* ''Music/Rjd2:'' "[[ The Horror.]]"
* Music/{{Nujabes}} (He specialized in instrumental beats but sometimes has a rapper or singer over them): "[[ Counting Stars]]" and "[[ Aruarian Dance.]]"