Hip hop instrumentals are instrumental songs that are often created with an emphasis on bass lines. The genre has many sub-genres, and each one has its own distinctive sound. The boom bap sound, for example, is characterized by sparse melodic lines that rely largely on loud drum loops. West coast beats, on the other hand, tend to feature funk-inspired instruments and simplified drum patterns, as well as piano chords, strings stabs, and high-pitched worm synth leads melodies. The sounds are also often heavily sampled.
Hip hop instrumentals can be produced by a wide range of musicians, including jazz keyboardists, neo-soul singers, and other music producers. In recent years, producers have focused on instrumental hip hop, exploring various subgenres of the genre and working with artists such as Mos Def, Common, Talib Kwelp, and Bilal Oliver.
Lil Jon was one of the most hard-partying rappers, and many of his greatest tracks were produced by Lil Jay. For example, “Knuck if You Buck” by Crime Mob was a bombastic single, and Lil Jon’s song “Get Crunk” was a horror-movie anthem that made Eastside Boyz’s yells sound creepy.
Hip hop instrumentals were first made during the 1970s during block parties in the Bronx and New York City. During these parties, DJs would play percussive breaks over the top of songs. As sampling technology became more affordable, drum machines and turntablist techniques began to develop. Hip hop also evolved by adding Jamaican toasting over the beat.
The main element of hip hop instrumentals is the drum beat. Some are sampled, while others are created by hand. The TR-808 is the most popular drum machine and has been a mainstay for decades. Digital samplers such as the Akai MPC series have also become popular. Lastly, the Ensoniq ASR-10 have become mainstays in the production of hip hop instrumentals.
Electronic music artists such as Dr. Dre have also begun incorporating hip hop instrumentals into their music. They also often pay homage to independent hip hop producers. This means they aren’t using sampled material that has been ripped from other songs. This is a good thing for fans of hip hop instrumentals.
The hip hop genre of music has become popular with the advent of rap music. While there is no specific genre that defines hip hop, these instrumentals represent the sound of a specific genre. In this genre, instrumentals are instrumental, and are often instrumentalized, but they can serve as a backdrop for the lyrics.
The hip hop genre started to make its way from the underground to mainstream audiences in Europe. During the 1990s, it was primarily a genre embraced by immigrants and ethnic groups. Rappers like Flo Rida found success through singles and online. However, album sales dropped significantly.