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What is trap music? Learn trap music

It is the most talked-about musical genre of recent years in the United States of America and beyond: but what is this phantom trap music and what is its true meaning? Let’s see what is trap music? With the awareness that to tell a good musical genre (or sub-genre, perhaps it is better in this case), it takes much more than a simple summary article, let’s try to remove some doubts from those who still have several about it.

What is trap music?

The term trap derives from the typical slang of Atlanta, Georgia, which associates the verb – to trap, translated as a trap, capture something or someone – with trap houses. In these places, it was customary to prepare and sell drugs. Sometimes, those who did would tell it over a beat for one reason or another and so, little by little, the term was associated more and more with this branch of rap music.

One of the first to use the term on a large scale was TI in 2003 when she released her second official album titled Trap Muzik. However, other colleagues of his had previously started talking about the trap in this sense in the lyrics of their songs, such as Outkast in SpottieOttieDopaliscious (1998), a song contained in the Aquemini album:

So now, you back in the trap

Just that: trapped!

Go’n ‘and marinate on that for a minute

or Cee-Lo Green, featuring in Paid Dues (1999) by 8Ball & MJK :

It’s ah, skinny lines between wrong and right

Trapped in a trap till the morning light

The history of this musical genre

It is no coincidence that we talked about Outkast, Cee-Lo Green, and TI: all four are united by a city of origin, Atlanta, considered by all to be the cradle of trap music. We are in the middle of the so-called South and it is from the music of those States that the trap originates.

Bounce music, Miami bass, Dj Screw’s chopped and screwed, and above all, crunk music have brought precious lifeblood to this sound characterized by the now-famous 808 drums and slightly more melodic parts than classic rap songs.

To bring trap music to the fore in the United States of America first, and then in the world, people like the Three 6 Mafia, Gucci Mane, Young Jeezy, or the aforementioned TI, thanks their songs often characterized by the crime of various types.

Although not all exponents of the genre necessarily talk about what those who lived in the trap house used to do, the public’s most popular and appreciated themes remain. However, it is enough to open your ears to hear how various rappers have tried their hand at these instrumentals over time, dealing with all kinds of issues.

Over the years, the trap has come out more and more from the South of the United States and thanks to the additional contribution of artists such as Lil Wayne and Rick Ross (the iconic BMF track with Styles P of 2010). It has opened the doors to a new wave of trappers, fundamental for its definitive diffusion overseas.

We are referring to the various 2 Chainz, Future, Migos, Travis Scott, and Chief Keef who, supported by the indispensable contribution of producers such as Lex Luger, Metro Boomin, Zaytoven, or Drumma Boy, have made the trap become the music in recent years. Most sought after and talked about (for better or for worse) in our country too.

Some examples of trap music

Everyone thinks that trap music is Sfera Ebbasta, but it isn’t. We explain ourselves better. Sfera has made a big contribution to the trap with the XDVR album and more, but for some time now, he has embraced other sounds and themes distant from this world, as well as his other colleagues.

Trap music is usually associated with him, with the Dark Polo Gang or Capo Plaza. Too often, we forget the important contribution brought by Maruego (the famous piece Cioccolata, 2014), by Jesto in the underrated Supershallo sagas (and not only), or by Guè Pequeno thanks to the beats of 2nd Roof at the time of The Boy of Gold (2011).

However, there could be many examples, given that numerous rappers have tried their hand at these sounds, from Fabri Fibra to Jack The Smoker, passing through Ketama126, Tedua, Izi, Romi, Paskaman, and many others.

What is the future of the trap?

In 2021 the trap slowly passes the baton to another branch of rap, very close to the one discussed in this article: we are talking about the drill. Since Pop Smoke – peace to his soul – has helped to make it depopulated worldwide, this seems to have become the new ball in the head of young people.

Despite this, there are still rappers who push hard on this sound, both in Europe and in America, and we are sure they will continue to be there for a long time to come. Probably only their presence in the Spotify charts will drop, taken by storm by now by Latin sounds and, as just mentioned, drill.

Want to know more about trap music or what rap means? Don’t just read this short article but get busy listening to artists other than those featured in the main Playlists, documenting yourself online, or watching well-made documentaries like Netflix’s Hip Hop Evolution, especially season 4.

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