10 Rappers to Convert the Indie Purist in Your Life

One of the more pleasing developments of the 21st century has been the decline of musical tribalism — people are far less likely to be evangelistic about their choice of genre these days, and most people’s record collections encompass a healthy range of sounds. Having said that, some divides remain — in particular, any conversation that touches on hip hop usually gives rise to at least one proclamation along the lines of, “Oh, I don’t listen to that garbage — it’s all bitches and blunts and guns, etc etc.” The release of SpaceGhostPurrp’s debut album this week (as you might have read, he’s signed to 4AD) got us thinking about other rappers who might bridge the hip hop/guitar divide. We’ve made some suggestions after the jump, so next time you run into an anti-hip hop type, don’t just huff and puff — direct them to us! We’re here to help.


As has been widely noted, SpaceGhostPurrp is the first and only hip hop act to sign to venerable UK indie institution 4AD, a label that’s given the world a huge variety of wonderful music over the years. Quite why it’s taken 4AD so long to dip their toes into the world of hip hop is a question only they can answer, but they’ve certainly picked a fine place to start.

Triumphant conversational gambit: “If it’s good enough for Ivo Watts-Russell, it’s good enough for you.”