Backpack rap refers to music that is listened to by backpackers. Backpackers: People who only listen to underground or conscious rap. Backpackers will call things “real hip hop” and say that they only listen to “Hip Hop” as opposed to rap. Backpackers tend to seek out rap that is more lyrical or “conscious”, rejecting the “mainstream”, party rap, for songs with messages that are more serious. These tracks were composed with those guys in mind.