Hardcore hip-hop
Stylistic origins Hip-Hop
Cultural origins mid-1980's
Typical instruments Various
Mainstream popularity Made a breakthrough in the early 1990s, became popular in the mid-1990s
Derivative forms Gangsta rap, Horrorcore
Subgenres Mafioso rap, Dirty rap
Regional scenes Southwest hip-hop, West Coast hip-hop, East Coast hip-hop, Southern hip-hop, Midwest hip-hop, North Coast hip-hop, Northwest hip-hop

Hardcore hip hop (also hardcore rap) is a form of hip hop music that developed through the East Coast hip hop scene in the 1980s. Pioneered by such artists as Run-D.M.C., Schoolly D, Spoonie Gee, Boogie Down Productions, Public Enemy and Kool G Rap, it is generally characterized by anger, aggression and confrontation.


Hardcore rap began in East Coast hip hop during the 1980s when artists such as Run-D.M.C., Schoolly D, Boogie Down Productions, Spoonie Gee, Public Enemy and Kool G Rap began eschewing the themes of partying and bragging. Their reflective lyrical themes include crime, violence, sex, nudity, wars, wrath, poverty, harsh, menace, omen, rebellion, profanity, racism, substance, criminal organizations, blood and social issues


Gangsta rap has been associated with the style; however, hardcore hip hop does not generally revolve around "gangsta" lyrical themes, even though there is a great deal of overlap, especially among hardcore rappers of the 1990s. Allmusic stated that hardcore hip hop is characterized by "anger, aggression and confrontation whether in the lyrical subject matter, the hard, driving beats, the noisy sampling and production, or any combination thereof." Russell Potter wrote that while hardcore rap has been associated with a "monolithic 'gangsta' outlook" by the popular press, hardcore rappers have "laid claim to a wide variety of ground".

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