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Chillhop

compounding Noun
A genre of instrumental music, characterized by a relaxed tone and a rhythmic beat
 
The word was probably formed by combining the morphs “chill” and “hop”. Chill refers to the term often used to describe something relaxed or laid back. Hop likely comes from hip-hop, a popular type of music comprised of beats and rapping. The combination of these two morphs represents characteristics of the music itself. It has a relaxed, or chill, vibe to it and is similar to hip hop in its usage of a beat.
Etymology : The word chill was initially associated with coldness, such as when describing the chill of wind. It later adopted another meaning in the form “chill out”, meaning relax. From there it became simply chill, meaning to “hang out”. Hip hop has been used to describe “successive hopping motion” since the late 17th century. The modern perception of hip hop originates from musicians, such as Grandmaster Flash and The Sugarhill Gang, using the word to describe the genre of music.
Source : “His style mixes instrumental hip hop, hip hop, nu jazz, chillhop and japanese jazz.” (Wikipedia page of DJ Okawari, a Japanese musician)
Last modified: 30 November 2016


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