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Hip-Hop’s Punk Moment Has Arrived


The scene at SoundCloud rap concerts, like this one in Portland, Ore., in March, resembles punk-rock shows.

Kyle Johnson for The New York Times

The Popcast is hosted by Jon Caramanica, a pop music critic for The New York Times. It covers the latest in pop music criticism, trends and news.

Hip-hop is evolving faster than ever, and on the internet, scenes are mutating in wild directions. On SoundCloud, a generation of rappers who look outside the genre — to punk, hardcore and emo — for inspiration is beginning to coalesce, and is giving birth to a new set of rising stars.

Hip-Hop’s Punk Moment Has Arrived

Mr. Caramanica spent parts of the last three months following the scene up close, observing both its exuberant and problematic sides.

On this week’s Popcast, he discusses the SoundCloud rap underground with Roger Gengo, the founder of the website Masked Gorilla and the Unmasked concert series; Adam22, the host of the No Jumper podcast; and the music journalist David Turner.

Email your questions, thoughts and ideas about what’s happening in pop music to popcast@nytimes.com.

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