This is a genre I had never heard of before the cursed year of 2020 when even the “Add Water” light on the coffeemaker is enough to kick me down an anxiety hole.
Chillhop has been around for a few years now, but I’m old so I’m very behind. It’s hard for me to describe it, but Wikipedia does a fine job here. It’s low-energy (in a good way, not a medical diagnosis way) and mostly wordless hiphop sounds processed to sound … comforting. Like we’re listening to it on a radio or a shitty record turntable. Or a tinny laptop speaker.
There are numerous Chillhop artists and channels on Youtube. It’s FANTASTIC for working from home and as a bonus many of the playlists have animations that remind me of the Google Teahouse Fox theme of the early aughts.
If this music scratches an itch for you that you never knew you had, here are some Youtube channels you might enjoy: