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HexD is an Internet-based microgenre that emerged in the late 2010s that is characterized with heavily bitcrushed and distorted production, sometimes with added effects such as sped or pitched-up vocals, delay[disambiguation needed], and heavy reverb in order to create a dreamy atmosphere, sometimes designed to trigger a feeling of nostalgia. The genre is often made up of remixed material of pre-existing hip-hop and electronic music, but original works are made as well. Aesthetics associated with the genre include low-resolution imagery, anime art, and images associated with the mid to late 2000s to trigger nostalgia experienced during that period.[1][2]


HexD emerged in the SoundCloud underground rap scene in the late 2010s, with the Hexcastcrew group being one of the original developers of the genre. The genre started gaining attention after one if its members, known as cargoboym, released Rare RCB hexD.mp3 in June 2019 to his SoundCloud page. The release consists of 5 "HexD" versions of tracks created by hip-hop collective Reptilian Club Boyz.[3] HexD would grow in popularity over the next 2 years, with the netlabel and YouTube channel Dismiss Yourself becoming a central hub for the genre as it uploaded and promoted many releases and artists within the genre, also releasing the compilation Surge Compilation Vol. 1 in 2019, a release containing 82-tracks consisting of "HexD" remixes and original work and artists such as Anthony1 and Sierra Sleep later becoming some of the most prominent artists within the movement.[4][5]

Musical characteristics[edit]

The genre is mainly characterized with a sound containing heavy bitcrushing effects and distorted production used to the point to make the music sound glitched and noisy, typically made from pre-existing songs from genres associated with cloud rap, trap music, trance, breakbeat and other electronic genres. Other sounds associated are pitched and/or sped-up vocals, and other effects such as delay and heavy reverb. Some artists use this to create a dreamy or murky atmosphere to create a sense of nostalgia or futurism within the listener. HexD is occasionally influenced by glitch music, nightcore, and Vaporwave.


  1. "How Dismiss Yourself Became a Hub for Internet Weirdness". Bandcamp Daily. 2021-07-08. Retrieved 2022-03-09.
  2. "HexD genre page".
  3. "The Influence of Rare RCB hexD.mp3". Passion of the Weiss. 2020-09-14. Retrieved 2022-03-09.
  4. "How Dismiss Yourself Became a Hub for Internet Weirdness". Bandcamp Daily. 2021-07-08. Retrieved 2022-03-09.
  5. Bishop, Alaric (2021-04-22). "Voice: Producers Anthony1 and Exodia Are Bringing Back Trance, on Up & Coming Label 'Dismiss Yourself'". noisefirst. Retrieved 2022-03-09.

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