How Hip Hop and House Music Collide

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How Hip Hop and House Music Collide is a blog that explores the ways in which two seemingly disparate genres can come together to create something new and exciting.


It’s no secret that Hip Hop and House music have been influenced by each other since the genres emerged in the late 1970s. While Hip Hop was born in the Bronx, House music was created by DJ Frankie Knuckles in Chicago. Despite their different origins, the two genres have always had a strong connection and influence on each other.

One of the earliest examples of this connection can be found in the 1983 song “Planet Rock” by Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force. The song samples Kraftwerk’s “Trans-Europe Express,” which is a song from a German Electronic group that has often been credited as being one of the key influences on House music. This connection between Hip Hop and House would continue throughout the 1980s with artists like Doug E. Fresh, Run DMC, and Public Enemy all incorporating elements of House into their music.

In the 1990s, the connection between Hip Hop and House became even stronger with the emergence of Hip Hop subgenres like G-Funk and West Coast Hip Hop. These subgenres often featured heavy sampling of classic soul and funk records, which coincided with the rise of House Music producers like Masters at Work who were also heavily influenced by these sounds. As a result, many producers began to experiment with fusing Hip Hop and House together, which led to the creation of new genres like Juke and Footwork.

Today, the connection between Hip Hop and House is stronger than ever before with producers like Kaytranada, Disclosure, Hudson Mohawke, and Flying Lotus all incorporating elements of both genres into their music. While some purists may argue that these artists are not true representatives of either genre, there’s no denying that they are helping to push both genres forward in new and exciting ways.

The History of Hip Hop

The first hip hop tracks began to appear in the early 1970s, when DJs in New York City started playing R&B and soul tracks over the drum breaks of funk songs. This new style of music quickly spread to other cities with large African-American populations, such as Philadelphia, Detroit, and Chicago. By the 1980s, hip hop was a global phenomenon, with artists like Run-D.M.C., Public Enemy, and N.W.A gaining widespread popularity.

In the 1990s, hip hop continued to evolve, with artists like Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg popularizing a new subgenre known as gangsta rap. At the same time, the rise of dance music genres like house and techno led to a renewed interest in mixing hip hop with electronic music. This trend continued into the 2000s and 2010s, with producers like Timbaland and Kanye West incorporating elements of house and techno into their own unique styles of hip hop production.

The History of House Music

House music is a genre of electronic music that emerged in the 1980s in Chicago. It was initially inspired by disco and developed from a combination of other genres, including Reggae, Funk, and Soul. House music is typically characterized by a four-on-the-floor drumbeat, a thumping bassline, and repetitive synthesizer melodies. The genre quickly gained popularity in nightclubs and soon spread to other areas of the world.

House music has been influences by Hip Hop music since the 1990s. Hip Hop producers began sampling and remixing house tracks, incorporating elements of the genre into their own productions. This trend continued throughout the 2000s, with many Hip Hop artists incorporating house music into their songs. In recent years, there has been a growing trend of House producers incorporating Hip Hop elements into their tracks. This trend has led to the development of a new sub-genre of House music known as Hip Hop House.

How Hip Hop and House Music Collide

How Hip Hop and House Music Collide
The hip hop and house music scenes have always been connected, with producers and DJs often crossing over between the two genres. In recent years, there has been a renewed interest in the connection between hip hop and house, with a new generation of artists exploring the ways in which these two styles can come together.

One of the most important aspects of this crossover is the way in which it challenges traditional ideas about genre. By blending elements of hip hop and house, artists are creating something that is neither one nor the other, but something entirely new. This new sound is often described as “electro-hip-hop” or “hip-house”, and it has been gaining popularity both in the club scene and on the radio.

If you’re interested in exploring this new sound, there are a few artists that you should check out. A-Trak is a DJ and producer who has worked with both Kanye West and Lil Wayne, and his unique style blends elements of hip hop, house, and techno. another artist to watch is Baauer, whose song “Harlem Shake” became an overnight sensation thanks to its incorporation of hip hop elements into an otherwise traditional house track.

So whether you’re a fan of hip hop, house, or both, be sure to check out some of these artists and see how they’re taking the best of both genres to create something entirely new.


In conclusion, hip hop and house music share many similarities, but they also have their own unique styles that make them distinct from one another. Both genres have evolved over time, and they continue to influence each other in many ways. It would be impossible to say which genre is better than the other, as it ultimately comes down to personal preference. However, what can be said is that both hip hop and house music are essential parts of modern music culture, and they are here to stay.

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