Trap Music

Trap music (also known as Neo-crunk) is a Love it or Hate it style of Hip Hop originated in Atlanta, Georgia, that has gained large popularity over 2012 and 2013. Trap music started as an emergent style in southern rap that is characterized by spare beats, sharp snare hits, deep bass notes and simple rhymes about gangster cliches. Since the main appeal is the beat and vibe the song generates, lyrics are often simplistic as a result, featuring sexism, glorified violence, homophobia, drug dealing and use, loads and loads of grammatical inaccuracies and countless Cluster F Bombs and N-Word Privileges. All of this creates a dark, slightly abrasive, and hedonistic vibe. Of the typical Gangsta rap subject matter, it can be characterized by references to codeine and promethazine, and the act of making drugs, not just selling them.

While the Ur Examples are from different parts of the southern United States, the major players of trap music such as Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka Flame, T.I. and Young Jeezy are all from Atlanta, and many newcomers to the genre are also from Atlanta. Artists like UGK and Texas rappers also added to the genre. Many Hip-hop heads were against the genre, calling it dumb club music with bonehead lyrics. Defenders state that the simplicity is the appeal. Another group that caught on were the up-and-coming rappers from Chicago, who created drill music, a style that emphasizes the violence on the streets of "Chiraq" (called because of inner-city Chicago's dangerous, brutal environment, not too dissimilar to that of Iraq) and put a face to the issues that previous conscious Chicago rappers talked about, except glorifying them rather than condemning them.

Examples of trap rappers include

Some major rappers like Kanye West also have experimented with trap style music while they are not considered actual members of the genre.

Trap producers have also gotten some notice, some names you'll come across are

  • Lex Luger: most famous for producing Waka Flocka Flame
  • Young Chop: most famous for producing Chief Keef
  • Mike Will Made It: most famous for producing Miley Cyrus
  • Araab Muzik
  • Baauer: most famous for Harlem Shake
  • DJ Snake: Most famous for "Turn Down For What".
  • Flosstradamus: most famous for their productions with Lil' Jon and Waka Flocka Flame.
  • Metro Boomin
  • Zaytoven: often associated with the Migos.
  • DJ Esco: Most associated with Future