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Mumble rap

Other names

SoundCloud rap, emo rap, EDM rap, melodic rap

Stylistic origins

Hip hop, trap, drill, pop, indie rock, lo-fi

Cultural origins

Mid-2010s

Notable artists

21 Savage, 6ix9ine, Chief Keef, Desiigner, Fetty Wap, Future, Gucci Mane, Kodak Black, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty, Migos, Playboi Carti, Travis Scott, Young Thug

Mumble rap (often used to describe "emo rap" and "SoundCloud rap") is a loosely defined microgenre of hip hop that largely spread on the online audio distribution platform SoundCloud in the 2010s. The term implies a mumbling or unclear vocal delivery by artists in contrast to more traditionally direct styles of rapping, and may generally refer to rappers who do not put typical emphasis on lyricism.

Some have criticised the term as inaccurate or as a pejorative used to degrade younger rappers, although some artists have reclaimed the term. Others have defended the style as a new phase in the evolution of the genre.

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