Understanding the Hick Hop Sound
If you’re producing outdoor and testosterone driven television shows and want contemporary music laced with a Country or Bluegrass vibe, welcome to CSS Music’s latest music genre, Hick Hop!
The name is derived from “hick” (hillbilly) music and “hip hop.” And it truly sounds like its name! Booming kick drums, electronic percussion and synth basses overlaid with dobro, fiddle, harmonica, pedal steel and acoustic and electric guitars make this music perfect for action packed scenes requiring some attitude.
The tempi for Hick Hop usually runs from 80-90 beats per minute (bpm). The bass part can be a simple root-5th on 1 and 3 or a more complex funky groove that interacts with the drums.
Hick Hop songs usually feature a good ol’ boy rapping over the track--the song’s chorus is usually sung. It’s very similar to Hip Hop/R&B in terms of structure.
When you use a CSS Music Hick Hop track you’ll find it sits nicely with dialog since it’s primarily a rhythm section with repetitive licks from the bluegrass or country instruments.
And it’s not just for swamp action! Hick Hop works very well in primarily macho male scenes. For example, a quick cut montage of an engine being dropped into a muscle car and edited to one of these tracks? Your show will suddenly have the contemporary vibe you’ve been seeking.
Where you typically use “traveling music” for B roll footage will also be given new life with a Hick Hop track. Editing your footage to the music really creates a testosterone infused scene.
You can also line up the Alternate Mix (or Drums and Bass Mix) with the full version and use it under dialog. Just cross fade as necessary and you’re good to go!
Drag a CSS Music Hick Hop track into your next project and find out why this wildly popular genre works!