Conscious hip hop, or socially conscious hip-hop, is a subgenre of hip hop that challenges the dominant cultural, political, philosophical, and economic consensus, and/or comments on social issues and conflicts.
Lyrics are used to create consciousness and awareness with the audience. Often themes are relating to community, spirituality, economics, and politics, sometimes with underlying elements of activism, and on the other end, humour. Generally stemming out a desire for positivity, and to change the prevailing socio-economic structure. Conscious music seeks to inspire its listeners, particularly youth, for positive awareness in their lives and the world we share, if not for action, then simply for awareness through the dopest music without negative messages. This classic American artform stems from the blues with rich detailed wordplay about personal growth, determination, and overcoming great obstacles, storytelling about injustice, self respect, making mistakes, growing, and sharing of knowledge to raise people up.