RZA Tells Mumble Rappers to Stop Sipping Lean
Demeaning and outright dismissing rap newcomers has been a music industry pastime for decades now, with many industry tenants using the term "mumble rap" to do so. But it's not a tradition the Wu-Tang Clan's RZA wants to partake in. He will offer up a little advice from time to time, though.
Speaking with the folks at Montreality, the hip-hop legend explains that even though he and Wu-Tang are from an era of "dope lyrics," he doesn't get any pleasure from dissing up-and-coming rappers. He begins by shooting down the phrase "mumble rap."
"First of all, what is mumble rap, who made that title?" RZA asked the Montreality reporter. "I bet you the guys who’s doing it, they didn’t call it mumble rap. That’s what the media calls it. Let them make their music and have fun and do their thing."
RZA doesn't knock "mumble rappers," but he does advise them to stop sipping lean. "Anybody who’s out there who’s sipping on that syrup, and that’s making you mumble, leave that syrup alone, man,” he says.
Elsewhere in the revealing interview, other members of Wu-Tang Clan list Dave East, Young M.A, Joey Bada$$, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie (now Artist) and A$AP Mob among the newer New York City artists they like listening to. They also recall working with Prodigy, who died unexpectedly just over a week ago.
Peep the interview below. RZA begins talking about Prodigy at the 18-second mark. He begins talking about "mumble rappers" at the 2:42 mark.
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