What is Trap Music and Where Does It Originate?

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Trap music is a kind of music that began in the early 1990s in the United States’ southern states. The instrumentals are propelled by 808 kick drums or heavy prolonged sub-bass lines, double-time, triple-time, and other quicker time division hi-hats, layered synthesizers, and “cinematic” strings, and it is distinguished by its angry lyrical content and sound.

The phrase “trap” was actually used to describe the location where narcotics are stored in a car, where sales are conducted, and how tough it is to break free from the lifestyle. Cool Breeze, Dungeon Family, Outkast, Goodie Mob, and Ghetto Mafia were among the first rappers to use the term in their songs, which originated in Atlanta, Georgia. Rappers whose primary lyrical subject was drug dealing became known as “trap rappers” by fans and critics. “In the early 2000s, the trap wasn’t a genre, it was a genuine place,” according to Complex’s David Drake, and the phrase was eventually adopted to describe the “music made about that area.”

The trap sound first appeared in rough-edged communities in America’s Southern region in the early 2000s as a confined environment. Local rappers like T.I., Gucci Mane, Young Jeezy, Triple 6 Mafia, and Tity Boi (now known as 2 Chainz) started branching out from what was then the sound of the hood: Crunk, all over Texas, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, and, of course, Atlanta, Georgia, where local rappers like T.I., Gucci Mane, Young Jeezy, Triple 6 Mafia, and Tity Boi (now known as 2 Chainz.

Trap music, thanks to producers like Shawty Redd, Drumma Boy, Mannie Fresh, and Mike WiLL Made It, gave rap music a whole new dimension: dark energy, a gothic mood, street culture (weapons, drug houses, strippers), and an all-over massive sound. Trap music ruled mixtapes and local radio stations, and it exploded in nightclubs and strip joints across the South.


What rappers are considered trap?

Rappers such as UGK, 8Ball & MJG, Three 6 Mafia, Cool Breeze, Kilo Ali, Master P, and Ghetto Mafia were among the first to popularize trap music in the early 1990s. UGK’s “Pocket Full of Stones,” off their major-label debut album Too Hard to Swallow, was one of the first trap singles to be released in 1992. It was also used in the film Menace II Society, which was released in 1993. Master P’s single “Mr. Ice Cream Man” was released in 1996 as part of his fifth studio album Ice Cream Man.

Life in “the trap,” drug selling, and the quest for achievement were all issues highlighted in the lyrics. Trap tracks began to surface on local mixtapes and radio stations thanks to rappers like Young Jeezy, Gucci Mane, Yo Gotti, and T.I., as well as his rap trio P$C.

Southern hip-hop is getting increasing attention from the mainstream American audience, thanks in part to Outkast’s tremendous popularity. With songs from the Cash Money Records team, as well as Houston’s chopped-and-screwed material and Tennessee’s Crunk music, the bounce-influenced New Orleans sound takes off.

When did trap music become popular

Trap music became popular in the 2000s as a result of the success of a number of albums and singles released during the period. With the release of T.I.’s second studio album Trap Muzik in 2003, the first wave of trap music entered the public. It was a huge commercial success, with over 2.1 million copies sold. “24’s,” the album’s debut track, was used in Electronic Arts’ renowned video game Need for Speed: Underground. “It’s informative for people who don’t know anything about that side of life and wonder why someone they know who lives there acts the way they do or does the things they do,” T.I. said.

Young Jeezy’s Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101 followed the initial wave’s success in 2005.

The album opened at number two on the Billboard 200 in the United States, selling 172,000 copies in its first week, and was eventually certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of more than 1 million copies. Shawty Redd, who invented the original trap sound, became well-known as a result of the record. DJ Toomp, Drumma Boy, Shawty Redd, Zaytoven, and D. Rich were among the first generation of trap producers.

In 2012, a new generation of electronic music producers and DJs developed, infusing trap music aspects into their creations. Its appeal among listeners of electronic music grew as a result of this. Trap evolved into a variety of stylistic offshoots, which gained viral popularity in 2013 and had a significant impact on electronic dance music.

It may appear that trap music, with its 808-heavy, epic-sounding rap sound, appeared out of nowhere in 2012. However, it has a long history that dates back over a decade and comes from a totally different place than its present electronic music buzzword status.

From the outset, rap-heavy DJs like Hollertronix (Diplo and Low Bee), Hudson Mohawke, Rustie, Jackmaster, Sinden, and more recently Lunice, Jacques Greene, and MPC wiz Araabmuzik brought crunk and trap music to Europe’s frenzied dancefloors through electronic music’s underbelly. Trap, on the other hand, has sparked a lot of buzz in the electronic music and blogosphere during the previous year. It has since developed into a new creature with several opposing faces.

Drumma Boy, a multi-platinum Grammy-nominated producer, explained what Trap music is to DJ Mag:

What’s Trap?

He explains:-

“Trap is essentially a culture that we built in the South.” Drumma moved from working with Southern legends like Yo Gotti, Jeezy, and UGK’s Bun B to working with international talents like Busta Rhymes, Kanye West, and Lil Wayne after growing up in Memphis and starting a production career in Atlanta as a teenager in the early 2000s. “We didn’t really have anything to stand for other than the gospel, R&B, and blues because New York had its sound, the West Coast had its sound, and we didn’t really have anything to stand for other than the gospel, R&B, and blues.”

The largest musical influence coming out of my city [Memphis] is blues. We were known for Stax and the funk during the Marvin Gaye era. The largest influence coming out of Nashville is country music. In terms of Alabama, we’re a music-loving state, but we’re not recognized for hip-hop. As a result, the trap was a completely new movement.”

“The trap just seems unclean; it’s that dirty, grimey 808 snare clap,” he explains of the sound. The trap sound is made up of only eight or nine instruments, and then the music enters with a gangster, club vibe. The music is also hypnotizing. Trap sounds a lot like trance, but it’s trance from the South. And the majority of trap music features terrifying music or some form of ambiance. It reminds me of The Twilight Zone at points.” The creepy four-note melody is sung by him. “It transports you to a dark dungeon as if you’re in the trap yourself.”

Incorporation and artistic influences from dubstep have been apparent in the emerging EDM trap, with trap being touted as the succeeding phase of dubstep in the mid-2010s. The new phase, which has been rising in prominence since 2013, often plays at 140 BPM with heavy bass drops.


A fan-made video of electronic trap musician Baauer’s track “Harlem Shake” became an internet craze in 2013, propelling the song to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time. Carnage, Z, DJ Craze, Baauer, and Flosstradamus were among the five renowned EDM trap producers who played at the 2013 Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Florida. A “Trap Stage” debuted during the 2013 Tomorrowland festival.

That’s a little we know about trap music thanks for reading.


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