There’s a certain segment of hip-hop purists, whose tiki torches light up whenever someone new or different starts to get the attention they feel one of their favorite rappers should be getting.They’re generally an older crowd, stuck in the past in terms of music taste and you can typically spot them behind keyboards and incensed whenever a respected “lyricist” speaks positively on someone in the new generation of “mumble rappers”. In most of these cases, there’s a concrete reason why the “mumble rapper,” has gained the respect of and maybe has more appeal than, the prototypical lyricist. It could be style, personality, well-crafted and catchy hooks or an insane flow.
The ability to craft words and turn them into witty metaphors/puns is an exceptional talent and one that should be revered in the sport of rap so I’m not saying lyricism should be overlooked. What I am saying is this, go inside your group of friends and you’ll probably find someone in it who can freestyle their ass off. But how many could craft the perfect song? How many of them can convey, in just a few words, the exact same ideas that others need a whole song for? How many understand melodies and have the range to flow on abstract Hip-Hop beats? If the answer is none, then that might mean musicality should be respected as a talent the way “lyricism” is.
From Young Thug to Lil Uzi, there’s inherent differences that make these rappers top-flight composers. They’ve got the” IT” factor. “IT” could be musical appeal or the fact that they are extremely authentic and never seem to break character. These artists also provide insight in to their cultures and backgrounds with the way they choose to rap. Hip hop is regional. This means that the artists who contribute to it come from different backgrounds and often have varying accents, dialects and just general speech patterns from one other. So when I see rappers being disrespected and categorized as “mumble rappers,” it’s usually off base and also resulting from an inability to comprehend the way other people speak and therefore, rap.
When you dig in and listen to what’s actually being said on a record and don’t get lost in how effortlessly these cats rides beats (easier said than done), you’ll catch the inherent meaning of a song. You’ll hear the vulnerability displayed and understand it’s all the same stories of pain, struggle, triumph etc. that everybody else tells, except maybe better. In essence, before you use lazy terms to hate on artists that you can’t understand because you’re mentally old, grumpy, ignorant or all three, actually give the music a chance.