Trap music is one of many styles of hip-hop that have evolved over the years. It is generally defined by using a single sample as the basis for the rhythm and structure of the song. While the trap is a derivative of hip-hop, it differs from traditional hip-hop in that traditional hip-hop is characterized more by instrumentation and flow, while the trap is often “free form” or a mishmash of different sounds that often have a rhythmic feel. The term trap is often used to describe new artists who are recording under the genre.
Trap is a subcategory of urban hip-hop that emerged in the Southern United States in the late 1990s. The subgenre becomes its own title when referring to new artists who are recording under the trap music label. The term trap was used in that it was meant to describe underground rappers who were creating trap tracks that had a low price point and were popular among college students. In recent years, the phrase trap has been co-opted by young people looking for a way to make fast and convenient Internet money.
trap music shares several common elements with rap music. Both are characterized by a heavy drum presence, complex lyrics, sample-based instruments, and a focus on complex beat patterns. Additionally, both are a relatively new genre. Rap and trap music were made popular by the rappers Lil Wayne and 50 Cent, but they share similarities in many ways including their use of illegal drug use and social status as a way to attract a following.
Another similarity between rap and trap music is that both have vocalist/rappers that speak over instruments and create recognizable hooks. However, there is one key difference between the two subgenres. Trap music tends to be very dark and is often anti-social. It is also about using exaggeration in songs to create an illusion of being underground or sophisticated. On the other hand, hip hop is typically bright and happy, even pogy.
Another similarity between the two genres is that both use samples from various sources. Although this does not necessarily make them the same genre, hip hop and trap music are both considered to be “conscious” music genres. The former uses samples from sampling live performance; for example performing at an open air concert. While most producers of rap and trap music will edit the samples to remove any unwanted sounds, there can still be an element of surprise. For this reason, many young people who listen to both music subgenres have commented that trap music lacks a certain something that hip hop’s sound seems to have.
This difference may seem fairly insignificant when considering the differences between the two styles. However, it is important to consider where trap music falls in the cultural milieu. Young people listening to trap music will find it quite difficult to distinguish it from hip-hop. Both are seen to be somewhat mysterious and are often considered by those outside the culture to be a source of music made “in the streets”. This can be compared to hip-hop’s infamous “ymes” that rhyme about life experiences and situations.
In early 1990s, trap music began to feature lyrics that were much darker and brooding. In particular, the genre became known for combining conversational and instrumental hip-hop elements with an increased level of lyrical content. In most cases, trap music features conversational and instrumental break-downs with lyrical content that usually deal with interpersonal conflicts, drug abuse, and thoughts of suicide. While many of the leading rappers of the early 90s began to incorporate these issues into their lyrical content, trap music still commonly contains more violent lyrics and imagery than other types of hip-hop.
Because the formation of trap music was directly linked to the rise of the crack-cocaine culture in the United States, many urban legend stories have emerged surrounding its creation and influence. For example, rap music artist “Xxplosive” was sentenced to jail in 1996 after being found guilty of selling large amounts of cocaine on the subway. Despite this notoriety, Xxplosive was one of the first rappers to utilise complex rhyming schemes, complex lyricism, and complex vocabularies and still achieve commercial success. In addition, Xxplosive was one of the very few rap artists to not feature any samples of crack cocaine in their songs. It is clear that as a genre, trap music has transcended across generations, from gangsta to adult, from early 1990s gangsta to modern day hip hop, and continues to grow in both popularity and influence.