In the words of the infinitely wise Childish Gambino, beats, kids, are what's for breakfast. We've cooked up five of our favorite downtempo and experimental hip-hop songs of this summer, so check out the recipe below.
Prepare yourself though, this isn't like most hip-hop music. These genres usually favor taking out the MC in order to focus on the beats themselves, with downtempo sounding a lot more laidback 70s-esque music and experimental hip hop creatively emphasizing its jazzy elements via different sounds. With samples ranging from Merry Clayton (the American soul and gospel singer) to remixes of rap superstar Drake, the songs featured here showcase how digital music today continually develops by weaving inspiration from the past with iteration of innovative beat styles from the present.
Note: Best served on a beautiful day in Southern California, although still tasty otherwise.