For more than 40 years dance music has been a crowd and club favorite for anyone who is looking to get out and have a hell of a good time. Dance music has evolved significantly since the disco days of The Bee Gees and Carl Douglas’ “Kung Fu Fighting.” After the disco days came the dance-pop and boogie era, followed by countless other subgenres which all held their time in the limelight. Nowadays there are too many forms of dance music to even begin to mention, but headlining the modern craze includes House Music, Trance, Rave and of course Dubstep. But over the past few years another genre has began to gain huge fan fare and major publicity. This new craze is known as Trap Music.
Trap music originated in the early 2000s where it began to be incorporated in with Southern hip-hop. The Trap sound deals heavily with the sound of the 808 sub-bass kick drums, mostly being played in double-time, triple-time or even faster times where hi-hats and synthesizers are in abundance. Rappers like UGK and Three 6 Mafia were some of the first pioneers to incorporate these new sounds into their music. The term “trap” literally meant a place where drug deals were made during rap concerts, leading to these rappers who preformed using the sound as “trap rappers.” Since the days when UGK and Three 6 Mafia were on top, other well known rappers such as T.I. and Young Jeezy continued the legacy, and a new wave of rappers came in to take the reigns the trap rap position. New age rappers like Chief Keef and Future have kept the tradition of trap rap alive.
But while all the focus was on the rapping aspect of the music, dozens of producers and aspiring DJs dissected the unique new sound from the rap and made it entirely their own. New styles of electronic music were incorporated to the trap, creating a brand new baby to the EDM sphere. By combining the original sounds from Southern hip-hop beats with the trap-style drum patterns of EDM synthesizers, the new sound, often described as aggressive, dirty and dark. Electric producers, including Diplo, Baauer, Flosstradamus and RL Grimes expanded the popularity of Trap Music in the past few years, and it only looks like it’s going up from here. This new wave genre still holds true to its roots of rap while mostly focusing on the intense trance feeling it gives the listener.
Up until 2013, Trap Music was not at the center stage of the music world, but that was quickly about to change. After a fan made video became the largest Internet sensation to him the mainstream in years, Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” was an instant hit. The success of the video propelled the Harlem Shake to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, the first trap song to ever do so. From there, the EDM community recognized the skyrocketing popularity of the genre, adding major names to the 2013 Ultra Music Festival, the United States premiere EDM festival. Worldwide, the impact was being made as well. The 2013 Tomorrowland Festival featured a stage dedicated a stage entirely to the booming genre, where Carnage, RL Grimes, Baauer and Flosstradamus gave the fans exactly what they were looking for.
One of the most popular aspects of Trap Music is incorporating original beats to already wildly popular songs. Among the most well known trap remixes includes Flosstradamus’ remix of Major Lazer’s “Original Don,” Carnage’s remix of Hardwell’s “Spaceman,” and RL Grimes’ remix of both Benny Benassi’s “Satisfaction” and Kanye West’s “Mercy.”
Though the Trap Music scene is new, the future looks incredibly bright for this new age genre, and it can only go up from here.
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