If you’ve been paying attention to the current climate happening in Hip-hop, you’d notice a trend running rampant with new and up and coming artist. It seems as if the vast majority of artists have gravitated towards a similar sound. That sound has been commonly referred to as “mumble rap”.
The premise of this style of rapping essentially boils down to a few things; An overpowering bass-heavy beat, multiple references to prescription drugs, and a flow that may come off as over simplistic and repetitive.
This new and evolving style of Hip-hop has of course met its fair share of criticisms, as most new forms of art do, but many have argued that this style of music shouldn’t even be considered Hip-hop at all. This criticism has come not only from fans of the genre but also from well established “OG Rappers”, such as Joe Budden who openly critiques many of these young artists across his social media platforms.
However recently 21 Savage has chosen to speak up for his current generation, in a recently released tweet, 21 is quoted as saying "Why do so many of these 'OG Rappers' judge the new generation?" 21 said. "They say we make drug user music like making drug selling music is better what's the difference? What about the fact that rap is the number one genre of music right now none of y'all acknowledge that [sic]."
To his defense 21 Savage does seem to bring up a valid point, the constant evolution and shifts in Hip-hop are what made the massively popular genre of music what it is today. Even more surprising was when one of these “OG” Rappers, T.I. actually came to the defense of 21. T.I. is quoted as saying
“Regardless of the subject matter…This is THEY TIME,” he said. “Couldn’t nobody tell us how to run ours, or make us sound how they thought we should… Live ya life & do ya stuff young’n. Just bare with us, & try to understand …. y’all n—-z kinda different & take some getting used to. As the elders gotta understand they’re SUCCESS JUSTIFIES the CHANGE. The Numbers DONT LIE!!! Can’t hate on that.
It seems as if Hip-hop is going through another stage in its evolution. And whether it’s perceived by Hip-hop fans as a good or bad thing for the culture, these young and up and coming rappers seem determined to leave a mark on the genre, just as many of the greats have done before them.