A war between lyrical fast rappers and mumble rappers has raged on ever since mumble rap rose in popularity in the late 2010’s. Both the terms “mumble rapping” and “fast rapping” often come with a negative stigma. In both instances if you can’t understand what the person is saying, the song will be dismissed as bad music.
In 2020, YouTube rapper previously known as Luke Gawne, released a track called “DEATH TO MUMBLE RAP”. On the song he was accompanied by other YouTube rappers named Crypt, Futuristic, and Mac Lethal. All of them bought into the theme of the song being that rapping fast is superior to mumble rapping.
“Look I get it, rapping fast can be cool, it takes time to practice and hone, it still doesn’t change that you’re not really saying anything, or at least not saying anything interesting or the least bit clever.” Esteemed music reviewer on YouTube Anthony Fantano had that to say about the track.
Regardless of how the words come out of the artist, if you can’t understand what they are saying, it should be considered mumble rap.
A lyric on the Death to Mumble Rap track goes as follows, “Come to the Windy you gon’ get nothin’ but animosity, Midwest monopolies, monstrosities, Rap god I’ma leave you in poverty.” The song ends up being completely hypocritical. Not a single sentence of that made any sense.
Typically, the so called “mumble rappers” don’t shy away from the name. They aren’t really offended by it if their music is successful.
“A whole bunch of ‘ayes’ and a whole bunch of ‘yeahs.’ That’s it. That’s all I do. I tell myself that I’m not gon’ go over 80. I say, like, 79 yeahs, and it works. We what you call mumble rappers. So you say ‘yeah’ after everything and make it rhyme no matter what it is.” Platinum artist Lil Uzi Vert said in an interview.
It is important to realize that dissing on another music style or genre is completely childish. Music is subjective in all circumstances. Just because you don’t like the way it sounds, doesn’t mean it is bad music. Everybody has a preference.