The Music Sub-Genre Chill-Hop

The Music Sub-Genre Chill-Hop

The genre brings a comforting dynamic that gives listeners a compelling sound to feel jovial.

Transitioning into the new year while embracing 2017, a music genre has followed me. As a music enthusiast, we dwell in multiple genres, encountering all types of music. This genre specifically is “chill-hop.”

Chill-hop is a sub-genre of a sub-genre (trip-hop) that fits into two main genres: jazz and hip-hop. It references the combinations of jazz elements and samples with hip-hop beats and electronic music.

The term was coined in the early 2000s for utilizing ambient, trip-hop, neo-soul, down-tempo, and jazz; synchronizing the listener to be in a “vibe,” or “chill,” for slang.

Since chill-hop is a subordinate and the sound format is compounded, it has a following from music lovers that enjoy this preference for calm, head-bop ambiance.

The cultural origins and influences were mainly towards North America, United Kingdom, and Japan. For instance, trip-hop is from U.K. and the U.S. started jazz rap in the 1980s. Japan gained high influence from those genres by inheriting the two countries sounds and obtained a high influencer in chill-hop.

Notable Artists

The artist “Nujabes” is considered the father of chill-hop music. Jun Seba (Nujabes) is from Tokyo, Japan. He is a DJ, producer, composer, and once owner of the Shibuya record stores. One of his notable works was from producing the background music for anime hit series Samurai Champloo in 2004. During that time period, USA’s television network Adult Swim began using his music for their commercial, “bumps”. These were the black backgrounds from the network and would have white-font sentences or messages to the viewers.

On February 26, 2010, Seba died in a traffic accident late at night on the Shuto Expressway. He died in the hospital after efforts of reviving him failed. Nujabes' death gathered other artists to tribute him. His own label Hydeout Productions released Modal Soul Classics II as a commemoration of him and to carry on his legacy.

Besides Nujabes, there were are other pioneers under the chill-hop direction like J-DIlla, Gramatik and Flying Lotus, whom obtain a large fan-base, gaining some mainstream popularity.

J-Dilla was a Detroit native, he was one-third of the music group Slum Village and has worked with major artists like A Tribe Called Quest, Erykah Badu, Common, The Pharcyde and many others. He provided quality mixes and samples from incorporating jazz and soul, molding it to a hip-hop foundation for several tracks for his own and other artists. He has been known as one of the most influential hip-hop artists in the mid-1990s and early 2000s.

Just like Seba, Dilla also died in 2006, from a rare blood disease called Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura or “Moschcowitz syndrome”.

Flying Lotus is another notable artist for being under the chill-hop genre. From Los Angeles, he experiments in multi-genres and is considered an astonishing producer, electronic musician and rapper. He has released five studio albums, and 2014’s album You’re Dead received critical acclaim.

Just like Nujabes, his music has been on the Adult Swim’s bumper block and in fact, he actually was a producer for the network’s programming around 2006-2007. His style has been influenced by notorious underground hip-hop artists/producers like MF DOOM and Madlib, including the legend J-Dilla. He currently runs an independent label, Brain feeder.

Gramatik is a major forerunner of electronic music, coming from Slovenia. His childhood was impacted by American funk, jazz, soul and blues. Later on, he learned about the hip-hop culture, leading him at the age of thirteen to learn to produce hip-hop tracks from an early PC.The beats and tracks he recorded would be uploaded to an online music store Beatport.

At 22 years-old, Gramatik gained popularity through Beatport from his first hip-hop album Street Bangerz Vol. 1. His sound conducts instrumental hip-hop, chill-hop and downtempo styles, that led to a label signing. Gramatik is one of the most prominent chill-hop artists for the past nine years and, since 2013, is running his own label Lowtemp.

Chill-hop is this genre that music fanatics or hip-hop listeners and producers find something to compose oneself and to embark a direction of complex-soften, low-fi sounds while honoring jazz and hip-hop. Its music became a sub culture for music junkies that follow the path of more settling tunes.

If you want to listen and get an idea of chill-hop, you can listen to it on and Youtube channel Chillhop music.

Cover Image Credit: Chill Hop Music // Youtube

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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The 7 Best Food Places Near UCLA You Need to Try ASAP

We have great dining food AND restaurants around us? Wow, we are #blessed.


Westwood is the home to UCLA and offers plenty of interesting and diverse dining options for students and locals alike. Since the area is firmly Bruin territory, you will find lots of on-the-go, affordable eats along with a mix of more modern and upscale restaurants.

Though I definitely haven't had all the food Westwood occurs, being here two years now (omg already!?), I think I can safely recommend certain places to eat.

1. Shamshiri Grill

South Westwood Boulevard is often referred to as Little Tehran, so most of that area is just Persian restaurants. Shamshiri Grill just makes the best meat and whenever I go there, I always order my meal with their special hot sauce, that is to DIE for. A must try.

2. Gushi

I can not tell you how many times I've been to this place. Located near Fat Sal's, you may be tempted to just miss it but let me tell you that is a mistake. I always get their Gushi Bowl which is just heavenly and the right amount to make me feel satisfied without being too filling. Be generous with the Teriyaki and Sriracha sauces on your meat and you are guaranteed to have a good time.

3. Pinches Tacos

I know Mexican food is very common wherever you go but Pinches Tacos is aesthetically pleasing and their food? Even more so. It just tastes so good! I definitely recommend the Asada fries and any tacos.

4. Saffron and Rose

Saffron and Rose is a Persian ice cream parlor like 10 minutes away from Shamshiri Grill and the quality and variety of ice cream is truly impressive. I would not have known my weakness for Jasmine ice cream if I hadn't tried this place and as always, the Saffron and Rose (it's namesake) deserves to be the name of the restaurant because of how rich in flavor it is.

5. Maharaja

I am very particular about my Indian food but the buffets in the afternoons at Maharaja definitely passes my checklist. I actually went there for my birthday so that just tells you how the food doesn't disappoint.

6. Nekter Juice Bar

I found out about this place very recently and I'm so glad I did because their bowls are so good. They also serve smoothies which I haven't had the pleasure to taste yet but I expect the same kind of quality. I am very partial to the Bruin Bowl and the Dragonfruit Bowl.

7. BJs

They have $3 Pizookies on Tuesday.

I am always there on Tuesday.

Are these two facts connected? Maybe.

What can I say? I just love the restaurants here.

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