Origin of Trap Music
Trap as a genre of music is an offshoot of the hip hop genre which came to being in the 1990s from The United States. Trap as a name is gotten from a slang attributed to the State of Atlanta United States which is “TRAP”. It is referred to as a place that illegally sells drugs. The major characteristics of trap is complex rhythmic patterns from synthesize led drums and hi-hat. The lyrics of trap is predominantly focused on the use of drugs and violence in the urban areas. The main instrument used in Trap music is the snare drums and hi-hats.
The pioneering authors of Trap music are Shawty Redd, Kurtis Mantronik, Toomp, Zaytoven and Mannie Fresh – all producers – and also rappers like T.I, Gucci Mane and Young Jeezy. This notwithstanding, the trap in it’s modern sound was made popular by Lex Luger when he produced “Waka Flocka Flame in 2010 and called Flockaveli.
Trap Music came into limelight mainstream in the 2010s and since then trap has turned into a very popular and has been counted as one of the most popular American Music forms by dominating the Billboard Hot 10 all through the 2010s. This was however, made possible by artists like Cardi B, XXXTentacion, Drake, Young Thug, Migos, 24KGoldn, Lil Uzi Vert, Post Malone, Travis Scott and Ian dior etc.
Trap has been a major influence of top artists music like Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, Ariana Grande etc.
Characteristics of Trap
In trap music, the lyrical theme of the music is a must to center on the trap life, violence, street life, acquiring wealth, American vehicle etc.
Like we said earlier, trap is a place where narcotics are sold so if trap is not discussed in the music then it is not trap music. In trap, the accompaniment is often monophonic and utilises multilayered thin drones.
It often employs double, triple times with a little of brass, keyboard and strings instruments in creating deep, energetic and hard hitting atmosphere with variance. The Tempos used in trap music ranges from 50 to 80 BPM even though it is programmed at 100 BPM to 176 BPM. These regardless, the typical tempo of trap music is 70 BPM.