Black Thought: "I Essentially Invented Mumble Rap"
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Black Thought has thrown a curve to mumble rap detractors. In a new interview about his epic 10 minute freestyle on Hot 97, The Roots frontman took the credit for the invention of " mumble rap.
The elite of the MC asked about his "Can't explain what these lame kids are talkin' 'bout" line from the freestyle, which led to his thoughts on mumble rap. The thought told Rolling Stone that he invented the phenomenon, quoting the hook from the Roots' "dont Say Nuthin" and "New year's At Jay Dee's" freestyle as examples.
"A lot of people are saying that I shut down mumble rap in one of the 10 minutes," he explained. "But that was not my intention, because mumble rap – if we go back – that is something that I invented. I invented rapping without actually using the words "[w]ith songs such as " Don't Say Nuthin,' as free as the 'New year's At Jay Dee,' I essentially invented mumble rap, where you can go to many bars without saying a word. And when I did it, it came from a place of inspiration for the scatting."
When asked if today mumble rappers are doing the same thing, I Thought that was fast for you to notice a difference. In his mind, which evolved from the style he employed.
"It's definitely different," he said. "I hate to keep using the term evolution, but I feel like it has evolved. In the same way that all other pop culture has become what we know now, and so has the music. Art, politics, everything must change, and everything has changed. But there is a way to embrace change and fail to appreciate and incorporate elements of the foundation from which it comes."
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