The heart of it all, Memphis, Tennessee, is where Memphis hip hop started. In the early 1990s, this subgenre of hip hop music took over the club scene and mixtapes, spreading the hardcore vibes. This style flows along an aggressive delivery emphasizing a dire atmosphere, fast-paced cowbells, syncopated rhythm pattern, and booming sub-bass.
“It was lo-fi music from an embattled city made for – and by – people on the margins. It happened in tumbledown shotgun shacks, in dizzying roller rinks and in parking lots jammed with peacocking young men and their thudding subwoofers.”– The Unsung Heroes of Early Memphis Rap
It is known to be a substantial style that played a vital role in the early 2000s Horrorcore movement; the composition is done with a drum machine, sampling old Soul, Funk records and also horror movie soundbites. Here are several prominent artists who contributed greatly to Memphis rap Gangsta Pat, DJ Squeeky, Tommy Wright III, Al Kapone, Kingpin Skinny Pimp, Project Pat and Three 6 Mafia. Want to know more about this remarkable subgenre? Check out the Homeless Penthouse True Origin series featuring 90s Memphis Rap music and notable artists.