Trap music is a genre that is gaining momentum due to the ever-growing subgenres of dance music culture. Although this new found hype around trap music, or EDM trap music as some call it, has recently emerged, there is a history behind the origin of the trap genre that is anything but new.
Trap Music Fist originated primarily from the South, a genre filled with a hard-hitting attitude that can be felt in the sound of brass, triangle, triplet, hi hats, loud kicks, snappy snares and low end 808 bass samples used in composing tracks. The percussion samples of choice in trap music usually come from the Roland TR-808 drum machine. When talking about the “originators” in trap music, southern rappers like Waka Flocka Flame, Gucci Mane, Young Jeezy, Three 6 Mafia and Manny Fresh come to mind. As well as some of the legendary trap – music producers like Lex Luger, Zaytoven and up and comer Young Chop.
However, in the new genre” Trap Music Movement “or” EDM Trap” that evolved, techno -, dub and Dutch House-like sounds were used, using the original Roland TR-808 drum samples and vocal samples from the originators. A number of stylistic offshoots of Trap developed, gaining viral popularity in the second half of 2012 and having a noticeable impact on dance music.
To break it down simply, trap music would best be described as a combination of:
1/3 Hip Hop (tempo and song structure are similar, most tracks are usually between 70 -110 bpm) – with vocals sometimes slapped on.
1/3 dance music – High Dutch synth work, hardstyle sampling as well as a plethora of trap remixes of popular EDM songs
1/3 dub (low frequency focus and emphasis on repetition throughout the song)
Modern producers of the new trap music genre have been the rising above the rest include artists RL Grime, TNGHT (Hudson Mohawke x Lunice), Flosstradamus, Baauer, DJ Sliink, Heroes x Villains, UZ, LOUDPVCK, gLAdiator, and Luminox. And the genre of trap music continues to evolve as it progresses.