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About trap music
What is trap music?
Trap music is a subgenre of hip hop music. The word “trap” is Atlanta slang for a house that is used to make and sell drugs. This music is heavily influenced by rap, dubstep, electro house, and EDM (Electronic Dance Music).

The trap sound is characterized by synthesized drums, hi-hat patterns, and lyrics that often center on drug use, partying, and violence. It also features a triplet drum beat that works well with both fast and slow rap styles. If you listen to mainstream music, odds are very good that you have heard trap tracks.
Who started trap music?
Trap music started in the Southern United States in the 1990s. The birthplace of trap music is Atlanta, Georgia. There has been some debate regarding who started trap music. In 2018, there was a back-and-forth between T.I. and Gucci Mane, with each man claiming he had invented the genre. Gucci Mane cited his 2005 album Trap House, while T.I. considered his 2003 album Trap Muzik to be proof of his creator status.

Still others argue that it is rap producer Shawty Redd who is most responsible for the genre’s creation. The rapper Drama had Shawty Redd produce his debut album, Causin’ Drama, in early 2000. Drama would beat on his chest and rap, but Shawty Redd found this prevented the beat from really moving along. In order to get more bounce into the beats, he added hi-hats to the tracks. The hi-hat mixed with heavy bass beats and eerie synth created what is now the wildly popular trap sound.
Why is trap music so popular?
Today, the trap influence can be heard in various styles of music. In exploring the movements behind trap music, it is evident that while authentic trap music began in the streets of Atlanta, born from the city’s hip-hop movement, over the past two decades trap has been adopted by other musical genres and worked its way into the mainstream.

Producer Shawty Redd created the trap sound and contributed to the first wave of trap music, but the second wave of trap music’s rise in popularity is largely thanks to Producer Lex Luger, who was heavily influenced by Shawty Redd’s trap sound. Luger sent his trap beats to rapper Waka Flocka Flame, who used the beats in his album, “Hard in Da Paint,” a big hit in 2010. This is when trap music really took off.

Luger’s beats began to show up in the tracks of top rappers such as Jay Z, Kanye West, and Snoop Dogg. It didn’t take long for EDM artists to incorporate Luger’s beats into their sets as well. This was one of the first genre crossovers for trap music, but it certainly was not the last. Pop artists such as Miley Cyrus and Beyoncé worked trap beats into their songs, which helped catapult trap to the top of the music charts. Trap’s major influence on music today can be heard in genres around the world, from K-pop to Mexican corrido.
What makes trap music?
The trap music definition comes from its triplet beat, otherwise known as the triplet flow or Migos flow. The triplet beat involves three beats being played rapidly in the amount of time it would normally take for two beats to play. It is this beat that creates the rolling, mesmerizing sound of trap music. Without this specific beat, a track is not considered to be trap music.

The core of a trap track is its drumbeat. Three drum sounds are generally heard in a trap song: kick, rhythmic snare, and hi-hat. Often, trap artists will use the 808 drum kits to create these synth beats. Few other instruments are involved in the making of a trap song.
What does trap music sound like?
When listening to trap music, you will likely hear a triplet flow, synth beat, and rolls and risers. The triplet flow creates a rolling rhythm. The synth beat is often created by 808 drum kits. Kicks, snares, claps, and rapid hi-hat electronic drum sounds are common. Distortion and reverb effects are also popular in trap music and help give trap its gritty, edgy, sometimes eerie sound. The rolls and risers are modulations in the volume or pitch that create an abrupt shift in the sound and serve as transitions between phrases of music. The lyrical themes of trap music tend to focus on the more hedonistic sides of society such as sex and drugs.
What BPM is trap music?
The BPM (Beats Per Minute) of trap music ranges. Trap tracks tend to clock in at 100-170 BPM, with 140 BPM as the average. One of the unique aspects of trap music, however, is its dual tempo. This means that the listener can focus on the slower or faster BPM in a given trap track. If you find yourself nodding your head to the music and enjoying the slower tempo, you are likely honed in on a BPM of 70 to 90. If you feel amped up and ready for a workout, you are listening to the faster BPM. Check out the trap tracks in the PremiumBeat library to hear for yourself. You can slowly groove to the lower bass beat of a song like “Get Out The Way,” or let its higher, faster paced notes rev you up.
What video scenes are a good match for trap music?
When considering what video scenes may be a good match for trap music, it helps to keep in mind the slang meaning of “trap” as a house in which drugs are sold. Raucous house party scenes in which people are dancing, drinking, or otherwise letting loose in a big way can pair well with trap music. To match the gritty sound of the music, you may want to opt for scenes that feature darker hues as opposed to bright and sunny colors.
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