Black Thought Takes Credit for Pioneering Mumble Rap
Black Thought has been making a slew of headlines lately, following his epic 10-minute freestyle, and now he's stirring up conversation for his recent comments about mumble rap. During an interview with Rolling Stone, The Roots MC speaks on rap's current popular musical style, which has become more controversial amongst hip-hop heads.
Thought starts off by explaining the state he believes that hip-hop culture is in, which he calls a "crossroads."
“I think hip-hop, the culture, is at a crossroads right now, and there's not very much that people who are older than millennials have to identify with,” Black Thought shares. “There isn't much that's reaching the mainstream that is hip-hop in the sense that people my age know it as, if that makes any sense. The game has changed. It's different. The standards are different, the criteria that's taken into consideration in determining validity is different. We're at a point in history where lyricism almost comes last in very many regards. So for someone from my school, who has come from the ilk of lyricism being held in far higher regard, it brings a different sort of urgency to every performance.”
While discussing his 10-minute freestyle on Funkmaster Flex's show, Thought also explains people's reaction to the video and those telling him that he "shut down" mumble rap. He also states his belief that he "essentially" invented the mumble rap style back in the day on "Don't Say Nuthin'" with The Roots.
“Lots of people are saying that I shut down mumble rap in one 10-minute setting. But that wasn't my intention, because mumble rap – if we go back – that's something I invented,” Thought contended. “I invented rapping without actually using the words. With songs like 'Don't Say Nuthin,'" freestyles like "New Year's at Jay Dee's," I essentially invented mumble rap, where you go for many bars without saying any words. And when I did it, it came from a place of being inspired by scatting.”
Check out the full interview between Black Thought and Rolling Stone here.
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