Music is often a reflection of life and the complex journey it takes us on. With every decade or so, we get a new subgenre of popular music that embodies the world of one or multiple cultures. Popular in American clubs is defined by its portrayal of gangland culture, as well as its grim atmosphere for mixing and mastering. Often considered the heavier, dark side of hip-hop.
Originating in the early 1990s, Trap music came out of the inner city environment of southern United States, particularly in Atlanta, Georgia. Rappers such as Three 6 Mafia and Waka Flocka Flame are often seen as the pioneers of the subgenre. In classic hip-hop style, Trap music is a unique collage of various musical elements. It is a child of both hip-hop and dance music, creating a new sound for both the party and concert scene. It has been criticized, much like other subgenres of hip-hop, for exploiting violence, sex and narcotics. However, the genre itself was meant to be a cathartic emotional expression of the troubles that the inner city brings, particularly in Atlanta Georgia. The hard-edge mixing and mastering only enhanced the cathartic message of the lyrics.
By the early 2000s, Trap music was at its prime with new artists such as Yo Gotti, Rick Ross, and T.I., as well as producers such as DJ Toomp and Shawty Redd, who orchestrated a new rhythm from both the Rappers’ hard lyrics and the MCs’ Mixing and mastering.
Trap music continues to evolve, with new subgenres such as EDM (Electronic Dance Music) Trap becoming popular in the club and party scene. Certain rappers and singers outside the genre have incorporated Trap’s style, into their acts, such as Katy Perry and Beyoncé. With Trap music already being an evolution of early hip-hop, it is exciting to see what comes out of Trap music itself.