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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 Yachty, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Pump and Kodak Black.

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, jewelry, 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. Another example is Jumex who looks like Lil Xan and some of his music are similar to the late Lil Peep), 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, Viper, 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 Fetty Wap and BlocBoy JB.
  9. The music videos for some mumble rappers are awful, low quality and very generic. Examples are 6ix9ine and Rich White Man. 6ix9ine's music videos are mostly him rapping with the Bloods and Rich White Man's music videos are mostly him with a gun at a public area.
  10. Most of the artists from the genre don't have any talent at all.
  11. A lot 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. 6ix9ine, FACE, Kodak Black). Even the late XXXTentacion said that he was better than 2Pac in an interview with DJ Akademiks.
  12. Another thing that is worth to add is that some of these rappers do very controversial things. An example is when 6ix9ine had a 13-year-old perform oral sex on him in late 2015.
  13. Most mumble rap fans idolize the genre to death, making every form of criticism completely useless. Also, most mumble rap fans use to take several influences from their favourite artists, leading to the use of drugs and being violent as a lifestyle. Most mumble rap artists do not care about their fans.
  14. In some beats, the 808 bass is too heavy, literally destroying most of the song. In some beats, the bass is non-existent, because of the heavy AutoTune that makes the mix too scrambled for a bass.
  15. FX effects, like gunshots or ATM noises, are overused and repeated in some songs.
  16. A lot of mumble rappers are industry plants who claim to have started from nothing and gotten to their success without major labels even though they secretly have been pushed by labels. Mumble rappers who are industry plants include JUMEX, Lil Xan, Cardi B and Kid Buu.
  17. These kind of songs are the most often ones used in Sports video games (eg. Madden NFL, NBA 2K)

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Some mumble rap songs and rappers can actually be quite good if they are not so repetitive and overly processed. Good Mumble rap artists include the late XXXTentacion (even though he did many other genres like R&B and metal, and even if he is actually labelled as emo rap), Trippie Redd and Lil Uzi Vert.
  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. 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.

Examples

Bad Examples

Good Examples

List of Bad Mumble Rap Songs

Bad Mumble Rap Albums, Mixtapes and EPs

List of Stupid Mumble Rap Lyrics

SoundCloud rap

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SoundCloud rap is a type of rap that spawns from the audio distribution and music sharing platform, SoundCloud.

Why This Genre Sucks

  1. Many rappers from this genre use too much autotune which makes them sound robotic or unintelligible.
  2. Some rappers like Submarine Man and Lil Meerkat rip off or ruin good songs like "Sicko Mode" and "Bohemian Rhapsody", or bad songs like "I Love It".
  3. The lyrics for these songs are horrible, as they range from money, jewellery, expensive clothing, drugs, women, and flexing wealth, to foot fetishes, compactors, Sonic bodypillows, stockings, socks, waifus, and hentai.
  4. Many songs contain product placement, especially for Gucci and Rolex, or just say the word Gucci over and over again.
  5. This genre spawned the infamous Old Man Dad Records.
  6. Many songs from this genre such as "Ice On My Wrist" and "Gucci Gang" are repetitive and repeat the title of the song or same lyrics over and over again.
  7. Some rappers rip off the name of other rappers such as Footye North.
  8. Some rappers such as Lil Flexer support this genre and direction of rap music.
  9. Some rappers like Lama Doodle confess to killing people in songs.
  10. The album covers are laughable, and some look like they were done with Microsoft Paint or Photoshop.
  11. Some of these rappers names are laughable such as Lil Mosquito Disease.
  12. The music videos have very poor production quality, as they are shot in random places, or made in Plotagon.
  13. The beats sound very horrible, and some of them sound like ear rape [ex. D Rose , Anime Narrator (Caw Caw)]
  14. Some SoundCloud rappers get arrested for a long time like Tay K and 6ix9ine and others get arrested when they are just blowing up like YNW Melly.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Not all SoundCloud rappers are terrible, as there are many good ones such as the late XXXTentacion, and many others.
  2. Some songs can be well produced and have great lyrics or beats.
  3. Lots of SoundCloud rappers have great flows like Ski Mask the Slump God
  4. Lots of SoundCloud rappers make good hype music and have lots of energy when recording like Denzel Curry and Scarlxrd.
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