I listen to a multitude of music genres when studying. Some of my personal favorites are EDM, classical and, recently, lo-fi hip hop. They say listening to music without vocals is what does the trick and, by Gods, they were correct!
Recently, I was introduced to the lo-fi hip hop radio station linked above and have been hooked ever since. It’s incredibly reminiscent to music made by Nujabes and Shing02 which is probably the main allure to audiences. It’s so neat to see just how many new lo-fi hip hop artists have popped up in the years since Nujabes’ death. There is no better way to honor his influence than to continue his work.
To be honest, lo-fi hip hop is probably the best genre of music to study to. There’s something about the nostalgic, sweet melodies that lull my brain into great focus; since listening, I’ve been more productive than I have been in ages! And I can prove it on my Pomodoro Timer app, but that’s a topic for another blog post.
The definition of ‘lo-fi’ is quite literally songs of low fidelity. In easier terms, the songs are recorded with a lot of distortion and background noises (via Wikipedia lmao). This is most likely why lo-fi hip hop calms people down; it’s basically ASMR with melodies!
Seeing the thousands that tune into the station at almost every given hour elates me. The chat feature is nice too as it gives you the sense of community despite possibly being alone.
All these features makes this station a rare commodity on YouTube and I hope the channel, ChilledCow, continues for many years to come.
Or at least until I finish dental school.