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Hip House

electronic music genres
sound of electronic music

Hip House (some may call it house rap, another term it's known for) is a subgenre of house music that fuses some of the styles with that of hip-hop and acid house. It also has a number of genres that have partially derived from it, such as breakbeat, drum & bass, digital hardcore and rave music.

House rap will generally use many electronic instruments in its music, including the keyboard, sequencer, drum machine and most commonly, the sampler. Taking samples from other music of the time period is a very common practice in this genre. Vocals, coming directly from hip-hop will almost always be rapped in a hip-hop-like fashion.

Some other characteristics of this music is the common use of the "clap" sound that can be produced on a drum machine. The drum style can be like that of house music, a steady bass drum on the quarter notes, or more of a hip-hop/breakbeat style, where the rhythm isn't as steady, but more syncopated.

history of electronic music

This electronic music genre became known during the late 1980s and it originated from many cities in the United States, including New York City, Detroit, Chicago and a few places in Europe as well, such as London and Manchester. The very first official house rap track was released in the United Kingdom, however.

There has been a debate as to what and where the first house rap track came from. An artist in the United States claimed to have been the first to release a house rap track on vinyl. This track was released in 1989, but the original artist fought back, stating that their track was released on vinyl in 1986. Many others have tried to claim that they were the first ones to release a track of this genre as well.

House rap very successful in many of the popular nightclubs during the late 1980s and early 1990s in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. During the early parts of the 2010s, it continues to grow in the United States.

Hip House Specifications

Average Beats Per Minute: 120-130

Where It Originated: The United States

Stylistically Similar To: Hip-Hop, Acid House, Breakbeat

Year Developed: Late 1980s


General House - Back to the overview of house.

Acid House - One of the most influential genres for house music.

Balearic Beat - Mixing several styles of music, a slower, unique type of music.

Chicago House - House music that is produced in Chicago. As simple as that.

Deep House - A bit slower and more complex than general houses... I mean, house.

Electroclash - A clash of several different genres form the life of this music.

Electro House - Fusion genre of electroclash and tech house, but harder than both.

Electro Swing - A pretty new genre, fusing styles from swing and modern house music.

French House Music - House music that is produced by French artists, naturally.

Ghetto House - Minimalistic in nature, using simple drum patterns and dirty lyrics.

Hip House - A fusion genre of hip-hop and house music. Get with the beat!

Italo House - House music from Italy, incorporating some nice piano action!

Microhouse - A stripped down version of house music, with a taste of glitch.

New Beat - A term used to describe all of the new sounds of house music.

Progressive House - Progressing house music to the next level. Go, Experimentalists!

Tech House - Which do you like, techno or house? Now you can like both at once!

Tribal House - In the mood for some tribal music? Get your hands ready and come on!

You are at hip house.

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