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Alternative Hip Hop

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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 Hip-Hop 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 (though many acts, particularly older ones, do still adhere to a traditional boom bap framework); acts with more straightforward styles tend to still have more complex and less straightforward lyrical concepts that are often referred to under the mantle of "abstract hip-hop". In some circles known as "backpack rap" or "hipster hip-hop", due to its greater appeal to white Alternative Rock fans rather than Hip-Hop fans.

Closely related to Conscious Hip Hop.

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Alternative Title(s): Alternative Rap, Underground Hip Hop, Underground Rap, Psychedelic Hip Hop, Psychedelic Rap