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Experimental hip hop is a sub-genre of alternative hip hop that employs structural elements typically considered unconventional in traditional hip hop music. While most experimental hip hop incorporates turntablism and is produced electronically, some artists have introduced acoustic elements to the music to facilitate it being performed live.
Experimental hip hop is typically believed to have originated during hip hop's "golden age",[not in citation given] usually thought of as occurring from the mid-1980s and the mid-1990s, a time that many fans and critics believe that hip hop was at the peak of its diversity, quality, innovation, and influence.
Straddling that line between rap and electronica, left-field hip-hop is a producer's art rather than an MC's, with the emphasis placed more on the perfect beat than the perfect rhyme.