Mugen! The Human Is Sad

The last 5 years have seen a huge rise in so called “emo rap”. Some people point to Kid Cudi as the founder of the movement, but it wasn’t really popular until 5 years after Cudi’s Man on the Moon: The End of Day album. These days it’s common for rappers to talk about their insecurities, anxieties, depression, drug abuse, nihilism, isolation, and mental health issues in tracks. This may be caused by the internet and specifically social media helping to normalize all of these, and the increased isolation in a digital era where you could actually live your life without leaving your house. The new generation of rappers may come off as attention seeking to old heads, but there’s a core truth to them and their music echoes their experiences, which is nothing new to Hip Hop.

Hailing from the DMV, Mugen! The Human moved to Chicago a few years ago and has been building a following out here ever since. A multi-instrumentalist, he started out by making beats which is reflected in his anime inspired name. His songs can be chaotic in nature, with emotional swings that remind you of the paradox of youth in their towering highs and crippling lows. One of the best examples of this is his latest release “Suck!”. While not all of his songs are sad, he thinks that his sad songs are his best work, so he put together a compilation of his sad songs on Soundcloud ahead of his upcoming album. In the description he says,

“MUGEN! at his best (: or at his worst
depends on how you look at it
25 songs and they’re all sad
god damn ima depressed mf lmaoooo
Anyway, thank you to every one of you who’s been listening to these after all this time, two years ago I never thought I’d be comfortable laying myself bare for others. It’s even better now to see that others can relate to my words.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Much love, EP coming soon.”

Check it out here.


Stephen Kaplan