What is Trap Music? Where Did it Come From? Trap Music Explained.
Trap music is a genre that’s gaining momentum throughout the ever-growing sub-genres of dance music culture. Although the hype towards trap music or EDM Trap Music as some may call it is relatively new. There is a history behind the origin of “trap music” that is all but new.
Trap music was originally introduced in the south, filled with attitude and hard-hitting drums that would shake the room. With signature triplet hi hats, loud kicks, snappy snares and low-end 808 bass samples used all throughout. The drum samples often used in trap usually come from the Roland TR-808 Drum Machine. Some of the “originators” in the trap music game are southern rappers like T.I., Gucci Mane, Young Jeezy, Three 6 Mafia and Manny Fresh. We can’t forget producers such as Lex Luger, Zaytoven, and Young Chop.
However, the new “trap movement” or “EDM Trap” genre has pulled from techno, dub, and dutch house sounds. They’ve blended them in with the original Roland TR-808 drum samples and vocal samples used by the originators. A number of sub-genres of trap developed, which in late 2012 gained more popularity and made a big impact on dance music.
The Trap Music Breakdown:
- 1/3 hip hop (tempo and song structure are similar, most tracks are usually between 70 -110 bpm) – with vocals sometimes pitched down
- 1/3 Dance Music – High pitched Dutch synth work, Hardstyle sampling, as well as a plethora of trap remixed of popular EDM songs
- 1/3 dub (Low frequency focus and strong emphasis on repetitiveness throughout a song)
Some of the new names in the genre that have made a name for themselves include RL Grime, Flosstradamus, DJ Sliink and many more. Everything comes around full circle, trends tend to come and go but trap music looks like it’s here to stay.