Lyrical Rap vs. Mumble Rap

In rap music, the controversy between the so-called “mumble” and “lyrical” rappers has been around for many years. Some explain mumble rap as a way for artists to stay relevant in the music scene that changes every day; others believe that mumble rappers lack the skills to promote a message. In this article, we will explore the difference between the two types of rap and determine which one is better.

Lyrical Rap

Lyrical rap  considered as the classical style, and it's made up of three essential parts:

  • Cadence (tone, delivery)
  • Flow (rhythm and rhymes)
  • Lyrical content (what the rapper is saying)

These are very important for lyrical rappers, especially the content of the song. If it doesn't offer a message or says something worth saying then, most fans consider it mumble rap. The most famous example in lyrical rap perfection is Eminem, who still makes good music to this day even though he was at the top of his career during the 2000s. EM is considered by some the best rapper in the world, but he recently tweeted (which never happens) who he thinks the best rappers of all time are, and he included J. Cole, Royce Da 5'9, Redman, Tupac, Kxng Crooked, Nas, Kendrick, Rakim, and others. If you've ever listened to any of those people's songs and listen to songs of mumble rappers, then you will immediately know the difference. Some of these names have been called GOATS (Greatest of All Time) by a plethora of fans worldwide.

Famous Lyrical Rappers

  • The Notorious BIG.
  • Eminem
  • Tupac
  • Kanye West
  • Cole
  • Busta Rhymes
  • DMX
  • NF

Mumble Rap

The most accurate definition we could find on “mumble” rap is that it's a microgenre of hip-hop where it isn't clear what artists are rapping about, meaning they are “mumbling,” which is the complete opposite of lyrical rap. It became popular in the 2010s, and like any other thing, it had supporters and criticizers. People who defended the sub-genre argued that there have always been hard to understand; some even called it another phase in the evolution of hip-hop. The fact is that most songs by mumble rappers feature themes such as praising violence, sex, or substance abuse, which are all negative qualities, and most people think that our generation shouldn't teach those kinds of ideals to our kids.

Famous Mumble Rappers

  • Lil Pump
  • Future
  • Gunna
  • Young Thug
  • Lil Yachty.
  • Cardi B
  • Lil Uzi Vert.
  • Tekashi 6ix9nine

Final Verdict

We think that no matter what new things come to the music scene, the classic “lyrical” rap would always be closer to people's hearts because it sends a message to the listeners. People enjoy the slow-flow melodies that mumble rappers perform on, and when established producers are behind you, any song can become a hit. Still, ultimately, we think that lyrical rap is better than a mumble rap period. To us, the most crucial thing music and any other art can give to people is the message in each song, and promoting violence isn't okay.