A Spoonful of Backpacker Hip-Hop

 The ConorTV Playlist Vol. 11


Bitches. Bling. Ho’s. Guns. Drugs. Gangs.

Once upon a time, there was hip-hop that wasn’t about all those things.

Of course the beginnings of hip-hop in the late ‘70s were all about the trifecta of MC’ing / scratching, breakdancing and graffiti.

But in the early ‘90s, Dr. Dre, NWA and Snoop took over with their gangsta rap. Hip-hop had grown up to become a monster. Not to demonize Dre and the like, but the very heart and soul of hip-hop was lost in the early ‘90s.

But at the same time, a new hip-hop genre emerged – backpacker hip-hop. This strain of hip-hop was the kind of music that graffiti writers would listen to. It was cool. Fresh. Dope. Underground.

The name comes from the backpacks graffiti artists would carry around with their spray paint cans. It was a back-to-basics style characterized by artists like Wu-Tang Clan, The Pharcyde and A Tribe Called Quest.

There’s even a revival happening now with artists like Common, Lupe Fiasco and Aesop Rock. All with the conscientious lyrics that have defined the genre.

This playlist marries the old with the new. Wu-Tang Forever. Backpacker Forever.

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