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Memphis Rap (also known as Memphis Hip-Hop or Memphis Horrorcore) is a musical genre of Southern Rap originating from the city of Memphis, Tennessee. With stylistic roots in Gangsta Rap, it is the origin of "Buck" music, also called "Crunk", as well as "Trap" music.


Memphis Rap dates back to the early 1980s. It is characterized by its low-budget aesthetic, use of repetitive vocal hooks, distorted lo-fi sounds, use of the Roland TR-808 drum machine, minimal synthetic melodies, and dark lyrics that They often deal with graphic themes. The genre also uses samples ranging from soul and funk to horror film soundtracks and classical music, as well as hooks from songs by other related rappers in the same genre.

Crunk artists such as Lil Jon have stated in interviews that their crunk influence came from Memphis rap.

Memphis rap had to develop an underground style and sound to compete with the more dominant hip hop scenes of New York and Los Angeles, so artists used a grassroots promotion strategy such as word of mouth in the hip hop scene. clubs. and mixtapes to spread their music.


  • Tommy Wright III
  • Project Pat
  • Gangsta Pat
  • Gangsta Boo
  • Juicy J
  • Le Chat
  • Koopsta Knicca
  • Three-6 Mafia
  • DJ Paul
  • Criminal Manne
  • Lord Infamous
  • Lil Noid
  • DJ Spanish Fly
  • DJ Sound