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Old 08-21-2011, 11:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Instrumental hip hop is hip hop music without vocals. Hip hop as a general rule consists of two elements: an instrumental track (the "beat") and a vocal track (the "rap"). The artist who crafts the beat is the producer, and the one who crafts the rap is the MC. In this format, the rap is almost always the primary focus of the song, providing most of the complexity and variation over a more or less repetitive beat.


Instrumental hip hop is therefore hip hop music without emcee accompaniment. This format affords the producer the flexibility to create more complex, richly detailed and varied instrumentals, with less emphasis on vocals. Songs of this genre may wander off in different musical directions without the vocal constraints of the MC.


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The release of DJ Shadow's debut album Endtroducing..... in 1996 saw the beginnings of a movement in instrumental hip hop. Relying mainly on a combination of sampled funk, hip hop and film score, DJ Shadow's innovative sample arrangements influenced countless producers and musicians. In recent years, artists such as RJD2, J Dilla, Pete Rock, MF Doom, Danny!, Nujabes, Madlib, Wax Tailor, DJ Babu and Blockhead have garnered critical acclaim with a number of instrumental hip hop albums.
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Essentially Hip Hop without an MC, instrumental hip hop can take many complex or basic forms and span a wide variety of different styles from artist to artist. Hip Hop producers release these sorts of albums in a variety of ways: some can be a collection of used and unused beats such as Special Herbs, Volumes 1-2 or conceptual releases like Endtroducing..... and Shades of Blue. Other producers will release instrumentals from a specific album, such as 2001: Instrumentals Only.
The top 5 Instrumental Hip Hop releases as rated by RYM:
  1. DJ Shadow - Endtroducing...
  2. J Dilla - Donuts
  3. Nujabes - Metaphorical Music
  4. RJD2 - Deadringer
  5. Beat Conducta: Vol 5: Dil Crosby Suite
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Old 08-21-2011, 11:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This is a genre I've recently developed an interest in. Generally speaking, hip hop's focus on rhythm and lyrics doesn't hold a lot of appeal for me, and I enjoy seeing the focus rerouted on the music.
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Old 08-22-2011, 02:24 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Here's a good one by DJ Krush:

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I must say I love a lot of instrumental hip-hop and I think that was a cool writeup/quote.

Recently, I've been getting into Emancipator and DJ Krush, but I still get a lot of DJ Shadow, Madlib, Nujabes, Alias, Prefuse 73, Evil Nine, Techno Animal, Blockhead, etc.

My absolute favorite, though, is a Blockhead tune off an Aesop Rock EP that I still need to hear regularly years later. Forest Crunk. Absolute favorite instrumental hip-hop track. Tied with Dan the Automator's 3030 instrumental...




I wrote a rap over this Techno Animal track, the first and only rap I've ever written, because the instrumental screamed at me to write it (and I plan on sharing it when I take it onto a mic)



and El-P makes some beautiful soundscapes as well...

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Old 08-22-2011, 09:58 AM   #6 (permalink)
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here's some random shit, i don't like all of it but it came to mind and others might, so whatever... a lot of it is dope though

if you guys are feeling some of these, i can post more later

























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This year, I've picked up Blue Sky Black Death's Noir and Clams Casino's Instrumentals, and they've both been pretty good. Keep in mind I'm only at the tip of the iceberg, but it's a good start for someone hiphopphobic, I think.
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One of the best funky, pseudo-psychedelic instrumentals about child molestation you'll ever hear.


The whole album, Little Johnny from the Hospital by Company Flow is a great instrumental hip-hop record.

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J-Dilla's album 'Donuts' is great.
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This year, I've picked up Blue Sky Black Death's Noir and Clams Casino's Instrumentals, and they've both been pretty good. Keep in mind I'm only at the tip of the iceberg, but it's a good start for someone hiphopphobic, I think.
One of the absolute greats right there.

Also Blockhead's instrumental music is verifiably addictive..
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