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]


Punk rapper Denzel Curry
Punk rapper Denzel Curry

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 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 (November 27, 2017). "Explaining the Influences and Success of Lil Pump". Vulture.com. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Robles, Julian (December 21, 2017). "10 Punk-Rap & Punk-Pop Artists You Should Listen To". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Guan, Frank (December 20, 2017). "Rap Dominated Pop in 2017, and It's Not Going Anywhere Anytime Soon". Vulture. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Denzel Curry's New Battle Cry, "Hate Government," is An Important Reminder". May 15, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c Hobbs, Thomas. "How today's rappers are resurrecting the spirit of punk". BBC. Retrieved December 21, 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 June 5, 2014. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  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.