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Experimental hip hop is a sub-genre of 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. As a relatively young musical style, hip hop during this period was about new ideas and experimentation. Fueled by themes of Afrocentricity and political militancy, coupled with experimental music and sampling techniques, it has led to great number of stylistic innovations.
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Left-field hip hop is a union of rap and electronica in which the emphasis is placed more on the producer than the rapper or emcee. Though rapping is often included in left-field albums, rhyming is treated as just another rhythmic element in the production, and the spotlight is not on the virtuosity of the rapper rhyming technique, something that is standard in most other hop subgenres. Left-field hip hop typically employs complex computerized equipment as well as incorporating live vocals and samples.
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.