It is a war amongst artists and amongst fans (for the most part). Almost every rap fan has taken a side in the mumble vs. lyrical debate, but there are some who support both types of acts. Why? Read on to find out.
Supporters of lyrical rap have no reason to explain why they love it. It is with lyrical rap that one’s talent truly shines. This style can make you happy, sad, angry…anything, really. Quite a few lyrical rappers “pick fights” with mumble rappers for no reason than to attract attention. One example is lyrical artist Joyner Lucus’ remixes of Mask Off and Bank Account. His starting beef was unwarranted because none of the mumble artists did anything to him.
Most mumble rappers are really young, still in their teens or early 20s at most. Lil Wayne, now well into his 30s, was a pioneer of the subgenre. According to critics, mumble’s popularity reflects millennials and the Z Generation’s laziness. Everyone has an opinion. A lot of people blame mumble rappers for putting too little effort into their music, but maybe it is the listener that should try to decipher their lyrics.
Another issue people have with mumble rap is that the artists all seem to be rapping about the same things. We need to say that pure mumble is rare. Most of the time, you can decipher a thing or two. Yet, the appeal of mumble is indisputable. Young people today want to be able to just listen to something and enjoy it no matter what mood they’re in. You can rap to mumble, dance to it, or just sit there listening without feeling anything in particular. With lyrical rap, you need to be in some zone.
Can you like both?
Sure you can. What’s more, some artists can do both mumble and lyrical very well. Ski Mask, XXXtentacion, Trippie Red, and The Slump God are among them. Some people who like both styles like rappers like 21 Savage, Travis Scott, and Pump. Others hate mumble rapper Kodak, but they like Migos. Both styles have pros and cons, and are best enjoyed depending on your mood (or lack thereof) maybe.
One thing is certain – rap has changed a lot in the past decade, and artists who want to stay on top make sure they’re following the trends. Other rappers, like the legendary Eminem, have made a career out of attacking trends. He came on the scene with a unique kind of pop rap that was in stark contrast to the gangsta rap that dominated at the time. Today, he’s still mocking trends, calling for a return to old school.