In 2016, hip-hop is everywhere. You can hear the genre's influence in all facets of pop culture and all styles of music, but within hip-hop alone, the spectrum is expanding. On one end, you've got radio-friendly rap laced with pop melodies and pristine production—we've seen rap top the charts and become widely accepted by society as a valuable form of art.
But for every action, there's an equal and opposite reaction. On the other end of this spectrum, we're seeing alternative rap become more abrasive, experimental, and unfit for mass consumption. This is the stuff that not everyone can enjoy. This is the stuff that makes your headphones sounds like they're broken. It's also some of the most visceral music we've ever heard. These are the rappers who will make your ears bleed.