Trap: The Newest EDM Explosion
David Drake of Complex Magazine once wrote that "the trap in the early 2000s wasn't a genre, it was a real place". When listening to artists such as UGK and Three Six Mafia, their lyrics flow through their distinctive sound, which incorporates 808 sub-bass kick drums, sped-up hi-hats, synthesizers, and "cinematic" strings. If you listen to songs like “Hard Out Here For A Pimp” by Three Six Mafia, the song is driven by a hypnotic, catchy beat with snare drums and young women intoning a chorus: “You know it's hard out here for a pimp. When he tryin' to get this money for the rent. For the Cadillacs and gas money spent.” The song goes on to explain about life in "the trap", drug dealing, and the struggle for success through lyrics such as: “Done seen people killed, done seen people deal. Done seen people live in poverty with no meals. It's messed up where I live but that's just how it is. It might be new to you but it's been like this for years.”
In 2003, trap began to surface after a number of successful albums and singles were released at the time. The term "trap" has always referred to the place where drug deals are made. That is until fans and critics started to refer to rappers, like Three Six Mafia, T.I., and Young Jeezy whose lyrical topics were drug dealing, as "trap rappers”. Since then, the genre's evolved and has resurfaced as the sound of hip-hop in 2012, from viral sensation Trinidad James to leading trap music gods like Kanye West and Jay-Z.
In 2012, new styles of electronic dance music (EDM) which involved elements of trap, such as "trap-ah-ton” and "trapstep" began gaining an outstanding amount of popularity. EDM Trap is a genre that started to trend through gradually growing sub-genres of electric dance music culture when American producers began giving trap a new sound. Artists began combining dubstep, rap’s playful vibes, and the energy of electronic, heavy beats to the loud,...