NEWS: The New York Times Reflects on Hip-Hop Influences in EDM


The New York Times has certainly been increasing its electronic music coverage, returning yet again with an interesting critique on the rising popularity of hip-hop infused EDM. Highlighting the recent MoMA PS1 performance by Rustie, Baauer at the Glasslands, and numerous sets at the Fools Gold Day Off party, including Flosstradamus, writer Jon Caramanica notes that more and more younger electronic producers are ‘making music that straddles both worlds’. While certainly not a new observation for any serious fan (considering the trap heavy sets at both Bisco and Zoo this year), the author does briefly examine the common disco roots of hip-hop and dance music, as well as the historical parallelism of the current trend to that of 90s nu-metal/rap hybrids.

What is most intriguing about the piece is the author’s notion that electronic music offers a ‘safe space for interactions with hip hop’, claiming that these diverse DJ sets, mash-ups and bootlegs offer ‘a way to listen to hip-hop without actually having to listen to hip-hop’. Not sure how I feel about this, or if I agree. The article can be read in its entirety here, and also appears in today’s print edition. Would love to hear your thoughts…

1 Comment

  • September 13, 2012

    Chris T.

    UK’s Example?
    “Changed…” gets mashed up every so often…

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