'Mumble rap' poorly represents hip-hop's history and tradition
Hip hop has always been a genre that evolves with the times. Since it was born in the early 80s in the Bronx, hip hop has changed with the culture and has had a growing influence on our society.
Over the years, there have been various styles of rap but the current most popular form, mumble rap, is the most dumbed-down version of
Groups like Public Enemy and N.W.A. used their music to tell what it was like to be a young black man in America, which was important after the Civil Rights
To make it to the top of the rap game in the late 90s, artists like Nas, Andre 3000, Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. wrote beautiful raps with complex rhyme schemes, elaborate wordplay
Today, the great poets of hip hop’s golden age are either dead or cling to their former fame in a world that no longer values their lyrical gift.
What was once
In the past few years, mumble rap has exploded into mainstream music from the success of artists like Future, Migos
The words, if understood, rarely speak to anything deeper than money, women
As bad as it sounds, it’s what the listeners want. Mumble rappers can make it big because our generation no longer cares about what the rapper is saying, we just want something that sounds nice that we can get drunk and dance to in the club.
It is repetitive and boring; mainstream rap is no longer a matter of skill but has become a popularity contest between Soundcloud rappers who became relevant because their song went viral through a Vine or because their social media presence is entertaining.
Lil Pump, a previously unknown rapper, got famous for his song Gucci Gang, which currently sits at #26 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song has the lyrics “Gucci gang, Gucci gang, Gucci gang, Gucci gang, Gucci gang, Gucci gang, Gucci gang, Gucci gang!”
If you’re wondering if there’s a deeper meaning, there isn’t. Rappers like Lil Pump don’t last very long at the top because they aren’t talented enough to stay relevant for more than one or two songs. What separates mumble rappers from their
Many of these new rappers have no respect for those that paved the way for their careers. Mumble rappers Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty and Kodak Black have publicly expressed their disregard for old school
Mumble rappers make their money from the apathy of our culture. They know that people don’t care about what they say in their raps, so they spit poorly written bars about the same thing over and over. There’s little respect for good lyrics anymore and socially conscious rappers can’t make a living from their raps.
While there are surely current rappers who carry on hip-hop’s history of lyricism and social insights, the popularity of mumble rap all too often overshadows these artists.
Some may say that “real hip-hop” died with Biggie and Pac, but mumble rap is the nail in the coffin. These rappers spit nonsensical bars on the graves of the great
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