Mumble Rap

Mumble Rap

The lead single from Mumble Rap is a blatant contradiction of the album’s title. On “P.O.P.” (“power of p**sy”), not only does Belly enunciate—he revels in his technical prowess, opening the first verse with feverish alliteration. The rest of the album, too, is made up of the kind of verbose and proficient rapping lauded by the traditionalists who coined the phrase “mumble rap” as a diss. “Biggie taught me how to snap,” the Canadian rapper boasts at one point. But then there’s “The Come Down Is Real Too,” a song whose SWV sample and trap-friendly sway proves Belly is more than just a microphone murderer.

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