Trap music is a polarizing 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 rhymes about the southern trap lifestyle, especially about the trap, of which the genre is named for. Since the main appeal is the beat and vibe the song generates, lyrics are often thematic as a result, featuring sexism (misogyny mainly coming from the male rappers), what some view as "glorified violence" (which would then turn the genre towards horrorcore), drug dealing and use, a heavy use of AAVE (as many of the rappers who make trap music are Black and from the south and as a result know how to speak in AAVE) with some detractors viewing the lyrics as having, "loads and loads of grammatical inaccuracies" and countless Cluster F Bombs
and N-Word Privileges
, as the people using the word are Black. All of this can create a dark, slightly abrasive, and hedonistic vibe. Though most trap music is upbeat and considered "turn up" or party music.
Trap Music peaked in 2017 with Migos hitting #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
with "Bad and Boujee", thanks to a meme involving opening line "Rain drop, drop top". This opened the floodgates for "Boujee" collaborator Lil Uzi Vert, Kodak Black, Lil Yachty and Lil Pump. This new generation of trap artists is characterized by their use of Soundcloud as a streaming platform, the triplet flow popularized by Migos and the interweaving of trap lyrics meme culture. These traits set them apart from earlier contemporaries.
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, with other contributors to the genre being from Miami, like Trick Daddy, or the 3rd Ward in Louisiana, like TRU. Many newcomers to the genre are also from Atlanta, New York, Florida, Louisiana, Texas, the Carolinas and various other cities in the Midwest. Artists like UGK and Texas rappers also added to the genre in the early 2000's. Many classic Hip-hop heads were against the genre, calling it dumb club music with gratuitous, bonehead lyrics. Defenders state that the the "simplicity" is
the appeal. In short, it's to the 2010s as crunk and snap were to the 2000s.
Examples of trap rappers include
Some major rappers like Kanye West
and Nicki Minaj
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:
- 808 Mafia (generally considered to be the popularizers of the trap sound, they are most associated with Waka Flocka Flame)
- araabMUZIK (most associated with Joe Budden and Azealia Banks)
- Baauer (most famous for "Harlem Shake")
- DJ Esco (most associated with Future)
- DJ Khaled (most associated with Ace Hood, as well as being famous for his internet persona)
- DJ Mustard (most associated with YG)
- DJ Snake (most famous for "Turn Down For What")
- Flosstradamus (most famous for their productions with Lil' Jon and Waka Flocka Flame)
- Kayzo (mixes trap with hardstyle and dubstep)
- Mike Will Made It (most famous for producing Miley Cyrus's "We Can't Stop" and other artists, such as Beyoncé, but most recently, Rae Sremmurd.)
- Metro Boomin (Mostly associated with Travis Scott, 21 Savage, Lil Uzi Vert and Future)
- Murda Beatz (most associated with Gucci Mane and Travi$ Scott)
- Young Chop (most famous for producing Chief Keef)
- Zaytoven (often associated with Migos, Future, and Lil Uzi Vert)