How Mozart Would Look at Mumble Rap

How Mozart Would Look at Mumble Rap

A look at Lil Pump's "Gucci Gang" through the eyes of a classical composer.

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For the longest time, sheet music was the one universal across music. Every type of instrument, from percussion to brass to strings, read sheet music. And in the Western world, this music has been classical for much of history. It is only in about the past century that newer forms of music have emerged, joined by the creation of electronic music production. With this new tool, musicians have been able to create music across all genres imaginable and truly extend the limits of creativity. This being said, I thought it would be interesting to analyze this new music from the perspective of early musicians.

For the sake of simplicity, let's look at the song "Gucci Gang" by Lil Pump, an 18-year-old rapper from Miami whose songs all seem to center around money, drugs, and girls (the classic mumble rap trio). There are a few things that the listener can recognize within the first 30 seconds of the song, the most apparent being that there are only four instruments. If one looks at the sheet music for the song, they can see that the piano, bass, drums, and vocal line are the only things notated. Classical musicians would most likely be critical of this extremely simple structure considering the average symphonic orchestra contains between 50 and 100 instrumentalists.

In addition to this fact, Lil Pump's vocal line moves between a total of 5 notes. While this can be very appealing to the modern listener, a more classically trained ear would very quickly become bored of this repetition. In only the first page of music for Mozart's Symphony No. 40, the bass clef can be seen moving between 11 different notes, as is characteristic of music from this time period.

Finally, the use of many chords in different inversions and forms can be easily found in classical music; however, in "Gucci Gang," a total of two chords are used (even average pop songs have at least four chords), and they are used in their standard positions. Based on this fact and all of the facts mentioned above, if Mozart were to look at the sheet music (not to mention the lyrics) for "Gucci Gang," he would, without a doubt, be baffled at how impressively the song is performing.

Despite the fact one of the most famous musicians of all time would've been extremely critical of "Gucci Gang," the song has racked up nearly 450 million plays on Spotify and the music video is nearing a billion views. As music has been diversified over the past century, it is clear that music tastes have been diversified as well. It would be difficult to find two musicians that are more polar opposites than Mozart and Lil Pump, yet there is something to respect about the fact that both have excessively large followings.

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Netflix recently released a movie in May called "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile" (2019), based on the life of Ted Bundy from his girlfriend's viewpoint.

In 1980, an author and former Seattle police officer, Ann Rule, published a book about her experience and personal, close friendship with Ted Bundy, called "The Stranger Beside Me."

These two sources together create an explosion of important information we either skim over or ignore about Ted Bundy. Watching this movie and reading this book can really open your eyes to who Ted Bundy really was. Yeah, there are the confession tapes on Netflix, too, but these other things can really tie it all into one big masterpiece of destruction.

I swear, it will blow your mind in different ways you never thought possible.

In the movie, "Extremely Wicked", Zac Efron stars as the infamous Ted Bundy, America's most notorious serial killer. He portrayed the murderer who kidnapped, killed, and raped 30 women or more. Personally, he made a great Ted Bundy, mannerisms and all. Lily Collins stars as Ted's girlfriend who was easily manipulated by Ted and believed that he was innocent for years.

The movie is told in the order that Liz, Ted's girlfriend, remembers.

In the book, "The Stranger Beside Me", Ann Rule writes about Ted Bundy, who used to be her old friend. They met while working at a crisis center in the state of Washington and were close ever since. Like Liz, Ann believed he was innocent and that he was incapable of these horrific crimes.

Ted Bundy had made both Liz and Ann fools. He easily manipulated and lied to both women about many things for years, his murders being "one" of them.

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GROSS: He sodomized women with objects. He bludgeoned women with objects or his own hands. He was a necrophile. Look those up if you have not a clue of what they mean. That could change your mind about your own feelings for Ted Bundy.

After "Extremely Wicked" and "The Stranger Beside Me", I now understand the criminal mind of Ted Bundy. He was insane, but he was also smart, put together, educated, charming, and lots more. That's why I'm so interested in why his brain was the way it was.

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