trip hop

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Journalistic coinage, blend of trip (drug-induced hallucinations, alluding to psychedelic music) +‎ hip-hop.[1]


trip hop (uncountable)

  1. (music) A genre of slow electronica combining elements of hip hop with melodic, often psychedelic, sounds and impressionistic lyrics.
    • 2013, Michael Veal, Dub: Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae, Wesleyan University Press, →ISBN, page 235:
      Trip-hop, on the other hand, takes the opposite approach. The genre can be described as a slower and dub-influenced reworking of African American hip-hop, aptly described by writer Phil Johnson as “dubbed-up hip-hop derived whose customary urgency is deconstructed into dreamy, erotic soundscapes.”



  1. ^ Roger Chamberland (2001) Global Noise: Rap and Hip Hop Outside the USA, Wesleyan University Press, →ISBN, page 102: “Trip-hop is a flimsy journalistic tag punning, badly, on the fusion of hip-hop with “trippy” psychedlic styles. As with most journalistic tags, “trip-hop” was strenuously resisted as a descriptive term by those engaged in producing the music itself.”

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