Mumble rap (sometimes conflated with "emo rap" or "SoundCloud rap") is a loosely defined microgenre that spread on the online audio distribution platform SoundCloud. The genre became popular in the late 2010s with rappers like Lil Yachty, Lil Pump and Kodak Black.


Mumble rappers are usually classified as rapping with slurred or hard to understand lyrics. Many but not all mumble rappers also use autotune in some form or another. The lyrics usually revolve around money, sex and bragging but that is not always the case. The artists in this genre usually use trap-style production.

Why This Music Genre Sucks

  1. Half of the time, you can't even understand what rappers are saying, sure it may be called mumble rap for a reason, but if you want to gain a good audience, you can't be completely unintelligible.
  2. Most lyrics to mumble rap songs are extremely repetitive and lazily put together.
  3. Most of mumble rap songs lyrics range from the egocentric and nihilistic to the discussion of money, jewellery, sex and drugs. They also have a lot of product placement, especially for Gucci and Fendi.
  4. Most of these "mumble rap" songs sound the same and even the rappers themselves look like other mumble rappers (Ex: Icy Narco looks and sounds like Lil Pump and has very similar production to Smokepurpp.), which indicates that there is a lack of creativity or originality within this genre. Eminem even said in his song The Ringer "Lil Pump, Lil Xan imitate Lil Wayne". Most of these mumble rappers have face tattoos, coloured dreads or "Lil" in their stage name.
  5. Some mumble rappers become extremely rich and famous (and quite quickly) for releasing this kind of content and the Billboard Hot 100 is absolutely plagued with these kinds of songs.
  6. The autotune on the totality of these mumble rappers is not done very well and is overdone (Ex. Submarine Man, Lil Meerkat), since heavy AutoTune backing is a core staple of the genre.
  7. The flows are mostly choppy and very generic. Many mumble rappers use the same triplet flow that was first made popular by the Migos. Snoop Dogg once poked fun at this flow saying that "That's what's wrong right now everybody trying to rap the same style."
  8. Many mumble rappers end up being famous for a very short period of time and then disappearing in the form of a one-hit-wonder like Lil Xan or having a few back-to-back hits and then completely vanishing like BlocBoy JB.
  9. Some of them are also very egotistical, claiming that they are "the greatest rapper/rappers alive" and are better than other artists, even deceased ones like 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G. (ex. Kodak Black, Lil Xan).

Redeeming Qualities

  1. There are some great mumble rappers and artists such as Playboi Carti, XXXtentacion, Cheif Keef, Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, Trippie Redd, Migos, Juice Wrld, and Young Thug.
  2. Some of the beats for mumble rap songs are actually very well produced, it's a shame most of them go to the wrong person. Also, it's worth noting that mumble rap beats can work well with lyrical rappers as seen in remixes of "Gucci Gang", "Bank Account", "Mask Off", "Panda" and "Look Alive" by Joyner Lucas.
  3. There are a lot of enjoyable mumble rap songs such as "SAD!", "Boss", and "Faucet Failure" and great mixtapes such as "Die Lit" and "Luv vs. The world 2"
  4. Most of the music videos for these mumble rappers are shot well. Lots of them also have nice effects thanks to directors like Cole "Lyrical Lemonade" Bennett.
  5. Not all mumble rappers do controversial things. Some even help society eg. XXXTentacion's Helping Hand Challenge.


Bad Examples

List of Bad Mumble Rap Songs

Bad Mumble Rap Albums, Mixtapes and EPs

List of Stupid Mumble Rap Lyrics

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