10 Hiphop Styles: Hiphop Explored

September 19, 2021
10 Hiphop Styles: Hiphop Explored

World music will never be complete without a Hiphop beat. We have previously described some types, but we are back with some more. It is a music style often created in the African, and the American continent.

So our pick for this blog are as follows:

  • Crunkcore

Crunkcore (also sometimes classified as crunk) does not only contain Hiphop elements. It is a combination of crunk, screamo, pop, electronics, and other dance elements. It may contain traces of emo-rap and heavy metal.

  • G-funk

G-funk, also known as gangsta-funk is inspired by the elements of gangsta rap. These songs have multiple layers, and listeners need to peel off those to find their real worth. What will you get here? Songs with electronically altered tempos. They can be melodic and have a bass-heavy basis.

These are groove-worthy, and they combine the elements of Gangsta rap and dirty South. Yes, it talks about sex, violence, money, and similar concepts.

  • Dirty South

Another controversial subject, Dirty South rap talks about explicit subjects, sexual elements or so. These songs can be graphic, really detailing the things, or equally humorous. It’s more inclined on bass, and it has given birth to different sub-genres like ghetto, dirty blues, etc. It rose to popularity during the 2000s.

  • East Coast

East Coast songs are produced on the Eastern Coast of the US, as the name suggests. These songs are more lyrically free, with more emphasis on syllables, coming up with many words, and playing around with them. The emphasis is also on metaphors and continuous delivery of the music. It emerged first during the 1970s and is striving since then.

  • Gangsta Rap

It is considered to be the most controversial subgenre in the Hiphop category. This is mainly due to the lyrics of these songs. They talk about violence and gangsters.

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Due to receiving constant criticism from artists, listeners, and critics alike, this form began to decline. Instead, it paved the way for other genres, such as drill, and trap. Even if artists do sing these songs, they try to minimize the degree of violence.

  • Jazz Rap

Jazz Rap, as the name suggests, combines the elements of Hiphop and Rap. The aim behind this category is to provide a tribute to both African and American music and continuing experimenting with these styles. Some artists also consider these songs to be a version of alternate Hiphop.

  • West Coast

As the name suggests, this type of Hiphop music is the one that originated on the Western Coast. After the launch, many radio stations began to play this category, and it saw a massive upturn in sales. Different artists like Dr. Dre is an artist who mainly works in this category.

  • Hyphy

Hiphop is already music that is known for hyper activeness, according to a Hiphop artist. Like crunk, the songs of this category are hard-hitting and metal-heavy. The rhythms can be considered as pounding, which is what distinguishes the style from other subgenres.

  • Latin

Latin rap or Hiphop is a style of rap that is put forward by Latin artists. The inspiration came from the West Coast, and right now, it is played across all Latin-speaking countries, like Mexico, etc. Some other styles that fall under this category are Latin trap, freestyle, and Chicano style.

  • Merenhouse

Merenhouse is a style that combines different elements like Reggae, Hiphop, Dancehall, and rap. It was first produced by the artists situated in NYC, and the first song ever heard was during the 1980s. Here, toasting and singing are used, and different techniques and instruments are played.

Some of the instruments are as follows:

  • Saxophone
  • Trumpets
  • Accordion
  • Bass
  • Guitar
  • Tambora

It should be noted that it is a form of electronic music.

  • Turntablism

Many Hiphop artists use this technique to create new music and sounds. The beats are slightly different from normal beats, as it is created using turntables.

Different techniques are used in this method. The first one is chopping and screwing, which is often created using vinyl records. The pitch and tempo will be different, due to added manipulation. It is mainly used in live performances to ensure listeners have a great idea.

Transforming is a form of scratching, and the sound is produced by making adjustments to the turntables and repeating it. Another style is tearing, where forward, and backward movements are made to create a crossfading technique. Other forms of scratching are orbiting, flare, stab, chirp. In orbiting, multiple orbits can be performed to get the best results.

These are some Hiphop versions that deserve special mention. I know that I have missed a lot of different versions, which I will cover during several blogs in a series.

If you are not a fan of Hiphop, you can also listen to Reggae music songs. These are subtle, socially inclined, and speak about different issues. You can enjoy any genre because, at the end of the day, it’s your call.

Reggae also has some forms, as does Dancehall. We have covered those topics before, and we will continue to do so. As a Reggae music artist myself, I can recommend listening to Bob Marley’s songs.

We all feel connected to his songs, don’t we? Reggae is all about that connection. It’s the heart and soul connectivity.

Hiphop (especially conscious pop) can be about that too if the songs are chosen carefully. For example, conscious rock can get close to Reggae, unlike other genres.

If you are completely in a different mood, you can consider listening to Dancehall music.

You probably have your playlist, but you know it’s never enough. You must listen to new music and artists, and make new preferences.


You can also hear my songs, it’s a humble request, no pressure. My name is Abby Dallas, and my three genres will be Reggae, Dancehall, and Hiphop. But my favorite is Reggae, what’s yours? I will be waiting for your answers.

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