Punk rapper Denzel Curry
Punk rapper Denzel Curry

Punk rap is hip hop music influenced by the rebellious ethos, and sometimes musical characteristics, of punk rock.[2] The genre has been described as being influenced by styles such as trap music,[3] punk rock,[2] heavy metal[4] and lo-fi music.[4]

One of the earliest proponents of the scene was Odd Future, due to their merging of hip hop and shock humor.[5] In an article for the BBC, journalist Thomas Hobbs referred to the rise of the genre as being a rebellion against the politics of the period, with artists showing disdain for topics such as Brexit, the presidency of Donald Trump and global warming.[5]


Vocals and structure

Some artists makes use of sonic elements of punk rock, such as screaming, whereas others make use of its attitude and melodic style.[2] Vulture online described its origins as "the product of a convergence between Atlanta trap and the devilish eclecticism of Miami predecessors like SpaceGhostPurrp".[3] Lil Jon's harsh style of vocalization has also been cited as influence on the development of the genre.[5]

“It’s what the game needs now; Someone who doesn’t give a fuck about the rules and is just going to fuck shit up.”

In a way hardcore punk was a "radical departure"[7] from alternative and popular music of that era for the fact it was played "louder and harder,"[8] "wasn't verse-chorus rock," and "dispelled any notion of what songwriting is supposed to be [and] it's its own form"[9] punk rap songs share some of the "unorthodox" characteristics. They are "short, repetitive, wrapped in distortion and grimly effective.”[6][10]

See also


  1. ^ Frank Guan (2017-11-27). "Explaining the Influences and Success of Lil Pump". Vulture.com. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  2. ^ a b c Robles, Julian (21 December 2017). "10 Punk-Rap & Punk-Pop Artists You Should Listen To". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b Guan, Frank (20 December 2017). "Rap Dominated Pop in 2017, and It's Not Going Anywhere Anytime Soon". Vulture. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Denzel Curry's New Battle Cry, "Hate Government," is An Important Reminder". 15 May 2017.
  5. ^ a b c Hobbs, Thomas. "How today's rappers are resurrecting the spirit of punk". BBC. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Lil Uzi Vert & Travis Scott Are Making Moshing & Metal Tees Mainstream in Hip-Hop". Billboard. June 22, 2017.
  7. ^ Williams, Sarah. "Hardcore". In Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music Volume 8: North America. Edited by John Shepherd and David Horn. p. 257-260
  8. ^ Pop/Rock » Punk/New Wave » Hardcore Punk. "Hardcore Punk | Significant Albums, Artists and Songs". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 2014-06-05. Retrieved 2014-08-20.
  9. ^ Blush, Steven (January 2007). "Move Over My Chemical Romance: The Dynamic Beginnings of US Punk". Uncut.
  10. ^ Guan, Frank (December 20, 2017). "Rap Dominated Pop in 2017, and It's Not Going Anywhere Anytime Soon". Vulture.