Trap Music,a subgenre of rap, has been all the rage these past few years, and if you’re wondering why it has gained a surprisingly good following among teens, ask no more. Trap Music has been around since the ‘90s, born in Southern United States, particularly gaining popularity in Atlanta. It is usually associated with brooding melodies, paired with the staple Roland TR-808 kick drums, and a cinematic, almost ‘noir’ feel in the string section.
The trap movement initially blew up with its collaborations with EDM, or electronic dance music. The mixture of trap with EDM is often frowned upon by purist rappers who detest the idea of rap being associated with the club scene, but this has changed drastically in recent years.
While the lyrics are often dour, trap music’s appeal is in its gritty, realistic lyrical depiction of the harsh life in urban streets. Coupled with catchy, booming beats and synths, the honesty and “swag” of the writing has gotten the youth hooked, with many artists reaching global stardom.
One of the more recent success stories in trap music are the Atlanta-based Migos, whose single “Bad and Boujee” has topped the billboard charts, as well as garnering more than 414 million views in Youtube in just seven months. Other notable recent purveyors of trap are Rae Sremmurd and even Kendrick Lamar, whose new album Damn shows very clear trap influences.
Mike Eckhardt is an aspiring music journalist whose passion for both the scene and the industry seems taken straight out of the script of the movie Almost Famous. Read more about music journalism 101 by clicking here/a>.