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Mumble rap is a growing trend

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Music is something that is always trending and ever changing. A new trend in music, more specifically in the rap community has spiked up this year. Students at Broken Arrow high school can’t seem to get enough of the new genre Mumble Rap which features up and coming rappers with a distinctive flow. Mumble rap originated from the south and their raps are described as hard to understand, incoherent but with catchy beats and choruses. Some of the hottest names in Hip Hop right now are mumble rappers. Other schools may not be as infatuated with this genre as much as BA is, but it seems to be what most students are listening to now.

“Everyone thinks they can live the rapper lifestyle, yet they live in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Rappers’ lifestyles are hyped up and idolized to be way better than anything happening in this town,” senior Colbie Martinez said.

Music has always been used as an escape and even though mumble rap is hard to understand what the artist is saying, these musical artists exemplify an image that can be desirable to teens.

Not everyone is a fan of this new style of rap, some kids who grew up listening to different styles of rap think that mumble rap is a shame to the industry because the lyrics aren’t even understandable.

“I sometimes listen to it, but it’s not my first choice of music,” senior Chelsea Davis said. Some teens like how distinctive the genre sounds.

“My favorite mumble rapper is Future because his voice stands out,” Martinez said.

These rappers aren’t given much respect because frankly, the hip/hop industry hasn’t always been in the best light of the public. To people who already disliked the industry, mumble rap is an easy target to look down upon.

Mumble rap is in the same category as Trap music. Trap music by definition is music created by rappers who had to “trap” (do illegal activities) to make enough money for studio time. These rappers’ lyrics represent their lifestyles they had to live to acquire their fame, most of them grew up with nothing in broken homes, struggling to get a meal let alone recording time. These are men who grew up in the projects surrounded by gangs; they could wake up one day to find one of their best friends isn’t around anymore, wake up the next and they’re facing jail time.

Mumble Rappers such as XXXtentacion and Kodak Black have served long jail sentences and even released music from behind bars. And even though they live dangerous lives, something the mumble rappers all have in common is how many nice things they own now. Whether it’s thousand dollar jewelry or luxurious cars, nice possessions come with the career.

“Mumble rap is probably really popular right now because the students live lifestyles completely different than the rappers they listen to, and they hear of that success and want to be more like them,” Davis said.

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