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The Best Abstract Hip Hop Groups/Artists  

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Abstract hip hop artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good abstract hip hop bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top abstract hip hop bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Abstract hip hop groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all abstract hip hop bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest abstract hip hop bands of all time, since the most famous abstract hip hop artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best abstract hip hop music.

You can click on the abstract hip hop band names to see more information about that particular notable abstract hip hop group. If they're near the top of the best abstract hip hop artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top abstract hip hop bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the abstract hip hop band names themselves.

Why? and J Dilla are included in this list. The list order changes if enough people vote for the right artists, so cast your vote now. What belongs closer to the top of this list, Busdriver or Subtle?

All important, significant and iconic names in abstract hip hop music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new abstract hip hop bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of abstract hip hop, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into abstract hip hop music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good abstract hip hop bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent abstract hip hop bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best abstract hip hop bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest abstract hip hop musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular abstract hip hop bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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A Tribe Called Quest is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Abstract Hip Hop Groups/Artists
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A Tribe Called Quest was an American hip hop collective formed in 1985 and originally composed of MC and main producer Q-Tip, MC Phife Dawg, DJ and co-producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and MC Jarobi White, who left the group amicably in 1991. Later that year, the group released its jazz-influenced second album, The Low End Theory, regarded for helping shape alternative hip hop in the 1990s. Along with De La Soul, the group was a central part of the Native Tongues, enjoying the most commercial success out of all the groups to emerge from that collective. In 1998, the band broke up shortly before releasing its fifth album, The Love Movement, but in 2006, the group's original members reunited and ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop, Rhythm and blues, Alternative rock

Albums: The Low End Theory, Midnight Marauders, People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, The Love Movement, Beats, + more

Labels: Jive Records

Career Began: Long Island, New York, United States of America

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Madvillain is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Abstract Hip Hop Groups/Artists
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Madvillain is an American hip hop group consisting of MF DOOM and Madlib. Their debut album Madvillainy was met with wide critical acclaim for its unique approach—short songs, obscure lyrics, few choruses and a sound which was generally unfriendly to commercial radio. ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop, Soul music, Psychedelic rock

Albums: Madvillainy, Koushik Remixes, Madvillainy 2: The Madlib Remix, Four Tet Remixes, Curls & All Caps, + more

Labels: Stones Throw Records

J Dilla is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Abstract Hip Hop Groups/Artists
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James Dewitt Yancey (February 7, 1974 – February 10, 2006), better known by the stage names J Dilla and Jay Dee, was an American record producer and rapper who emerged in the mid-1990s underground hip hop scene in Detroit, Michigan, as one third of the acclaimed music group Slum Village. His obituary at NPR stated that he "was one of the music industry's most influential hip-hop artists," working with notable acts including A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, Erykah Badu, The Roots, The Pharcyde, Madlib and Common. ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul, Midwest hip hop, Abstract hip hop

Albums: Donuts, The Shining, Jay Stay Paid, Ruff Draft, Welcome 2 Detroit, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Stones Throw Records, MCA Records, Barely Breaking Even, Delicious Vinyl

Career Began: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

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Busdriver is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Abstract Hip Hop Groups/Artists
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Regan Farquhar (born February 12, 1978), better known by his stage name Busdriver, is an American rapper and producer from Los Angeles, California. He has collaborated with rappers such as Myka 9, Milo, Nocando, Open Mike Eagle, 2Mex, and Radioinactive. His primary producers have been Daedelus, Boom Bip, Daddy Kev, Loden, Paris Zax, Omid, and Nobody. He has also worked with D-Styles on two albums. ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Abstract hip hop, Experimental music, Underground hip hop, + more

Albums: Temporary Forever, The Weather, Fear of a Black Tangent, Roadkillovercoat, Cosmic Cleavage, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Epitaph Records, Mush Records, Big Dada

Career Began: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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