First of all, it’s not as though new rappers like Lil Yachty or Lil Uzi Vert coined the term. Mumble Rap is generated by the internet, partly as a derogatory take on hip hop’s latest incarnation.The phrase stuck, a reference to the laidback rapping style and perceived laziness in the lyrics of some new-school rappers.
Of course, fans everywhere will have their little say on the matter. If you want to go popcorn mode on this, just visit YouTube comment boxes on videos of new hip hop artists. Some rappers are more vocal, fueling the beef between old school and new school on Twitter and other social media.
It’s nothing new, really. As hip hop continues to evolve, phases like this tend to happen. Older rappers and hip hop fans tend to stick to a particular style, perhaps out of nostalgia, perhaps as a way of defending the ways of the previous generation. Followers of Kanye West will have a hard time dealing with those of, say, Tupac or Rakim. The Jay-Z and Nas debacle had its time. Kendrick Lamar’s and Drake’s might just be starting.
But you decide. Have a listen and check out videos by ‘branded’ Mumble rappers, such as Desiigner, Young Dolph, Migos, and the previously mentioned Lil Yachty and Lil Uzi Vert.
The name’s Jack Bonner,a born-and-bred Arizonan and certified son of the desert. I’m currently in Uni, taking up finance with the ultimate aim of becoming a certified public accountant specializing in forensic accounting. I’m a big hip hop fan. Visit my blog for similar articles.