The Era Of Mumble Rap
Music is always changing. There are new styles of music being introduced all the time. Hip hop music is completely different now than it was 10, 20 years ago. The most notable change in hip hop songs is the rise of the mumble rap. Artists like Lil Yachty, Lil Uzi Vert, Desiigner, 21 Savage are just a few who represent this new trend. But there has been quite some tension between the mumble rap generation and rappers of the 90s. Since the mumble rap music is so different than 80s, and 90s hiphop a lot of conflict has stormed up.
Pre Mumble Rap: Back Where It All Started
Way before we started hearing this new style of mumble rap, hip hop music had a whole different sound. As myself I grew up in the 90s, so I was surrounded by 90s hiphop into the early 2000s. You had your rappers like The Notorious BIG, Tupac, Nas, Jay-Z, Mobb Deep, etc. This style of hip hop music carried on for a while. Some of these rappers are considered legends. Then in 2006 I remember when Nas said Hip hop was dead. Back then I wasn’t quite sure what he meant, but now it’s clear.
The Dirty South Era
The early 2000s to mid 2000s you started seeing the rise of the southern rappers. You had your respectable artists like Ludacris and Young Jeezy, but then you had music being introduced that was ‘catchy’ or dance-themed. Hip hop songs like “Pop, Lock, and Drop It” or “2 Step” starting emerging and this trend became extremely popular. In comparison to 90s hiphop this was a huge change.
Then we have the autotune era. Artists like Lil Wayne and Kanye West starting experimenting with autotune and this started a huge trend in hip hop music. Many artists began to use autotune and many STILL use it to this day. This is something that would never hear in any rap albums of 90s hiphop.
Do You See The Pattern?
Music is ALWAYS changing. Hip hop music has been evolving since it started in the 70s. New trends are always going to appear. Some will last and some won’t. If you take a present day song and compare to hip hop songs of the 90s they most likely will not have a lot of similarities. If you are a fan of hip hop music then you know you have to embrace change.
The Mumble Rap Conflict
So now we have the mumble rap era. In my opinion it is the the extension of the autotune era, but you don’t have to agree. But there has been a lot of tension between the old school and new school typically with Lil Yachty and Lil Uzi Vert. Lil Yachty called The Notorious BIG overrated (Read here) and Lil Uzi refused to freestyle on a DJ Premier instrumental (Read here). There is tension between these different styles of music. Fans of 90s hiphop might not like ‘mumble rap.’ And fans of ‘mumble rap’ may not be fans of 90s hiphop. So debates carry out on which style is better.
Both Sides Should Respect Each Other
These new ‘mumble rap’ figures and the fans they bring in don’t have to like hip hop music. And old school hip hop fans don’t have to like ‘mumble rap.’ But they should respect each other. The newer generation should realize that old school hip hop music is where it all started. Without them there would be no hip hop. The old school has paved a way for the new school. As for the old school they should respect the new school. We live in a world of change. The Biggie and Tupac days are over (RIP). The music has been changing since they were born and they should respect the new guys coming in and introducing new styles.
Everyone Is Entitled To Their Opinion
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. The old school doesn’t HAVE to enjoy ‘mumble rap’ and they don’t HAVE to enjoy the old school. They is a time and place for all styles of music. And if they have an opinion on certain types of hip hop music THAT IS COMPLETELY FINE.
I hope that this post helps clear the air for you on today’s ‘mumble rap’ era. We need to embrace change so that we don’t get left behind. It is also important to know what came before you because those people have set the paths for people to guide themselves and create their own.