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Trap music has really taken the world by storm lately. While the style has been around for quite a while now, major DJ’s have started to take note and its popularity has boosted immensely forming a more specific EDM Trap music genre.
Trap generally combines the genres hip hop, crunk, house and dubstep. It can be identified by characteristics such as 808 bass samples, a “trappy” snare, vocals that are usually pitched lower and repetitive synthetic higher pitched sounds.
According to Urban Dictionary:
To simply break it down, Trap music would be best described as a combination of;
- 1/3 hip hop (tempo and song structure are similar, most tracks are usually between 70 -110 bpm) – with vocals sometimes pitched down
- 1/3 Dance Music – High pitched Dutch synth work, Hardstyle sampling, as well as a plethora of trap remixed of popular EDM songs
- 1/3 dub (Low frequency focus and strong emphasis on repetitiveness throughout a song)
Major trap artists include Waka Flocka Flame, Gucci Mane, Young Jeezy, Three 6 Mafia, RL Grime, TNGHT, Flosstradamus, Baauer, DJ Sliink, Heroes x Villains, Luminox.
Check out this new mix by Flosstradamus and you should be able to distinguish what makes this music ‘trap’:
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Still confused? Check out this documentary put together by clubtapes.com to learn about the origins of trap music and how it has progressed into the EDM world: