Topic: When Mumble Rap became popular
According to Billboard, the rise of mumble rap started to bubble in 2016 when hip hop artist D.R.A.M and Lil Yachty came out with their hit single “Broccoli” and Desiigner came out with his hit single “Panda”. They called it mumble rap because of course the artist is mumbling, and you can’t understand what they are saying. Now, for the mumble rap to have a great effect on a record these artists make sure to choose a nice beat that sounds good to the ear. This helps so that it has a great melodic feel to the record that will catch the listeners attention and reel them in.
According to Billboard, In an interview on June of 2016 on Hot 97’s radio show “Ebro in the Morning”, Wiz Khalifa and the cast were having a conversation trying to come up with a name for the genre of music these new artist were making. Wiz Khalifa explained to the cast, “We call it mumble”. When he says “we”, he’s referring to the internet. He also says, “It ain’t no disrespect to the lil homies, they don’t want to rap. It’s cool for now; it’s going to evolve.”
It’s just become more popular now because of the upcoming artist such as Lil Uzi Vert, Playboi Carti, Gunna, and Lil Pump are giving it more attention because now listeners are hearing it a lot in their music, plus the new artist coming up behind them are including it in their music as well. It’s becoming a trend that has caught fire and now listeners either can’t get enough of it because they’re hooked, but there are still some listeners that won’t accept it because they prefer listening to lyrical music better.