Trap music is one of the more recent offshoot genres from hip hop but it has grown to be one of the biggest. The style combines traditional elements of hip hop music with electronic dance music influences. Trap originated in the 90s and was centred in the Southern region of America. It wasn’t until the 2000s however, when trap really took off, encouraged by the influence of electronic dance music. A number of artists focused songs around beats that were increasingly similar to that you might find in house or trance music. Rappers such as Gucci Mane and Lil Wayne were also producing crossover hits that helped propel the genre to popularity. Shawty Redd and Drumma Boy were particularly influential on the development of the genre during this period. 

The 2010s brought with it a massive influx of extremely successful trap artists including the likes of Future, Travis Scott, 21 Savage, XXXTentacion, and Migos. To this day trap continues to maintain a strong role in mainstream popular music, with many successful artists headlining festivals around the world and producing hit tracks. Trap is characterised by the use of synth/electronic beats. Usually relying on the classic 808 drum machine sound, the beats also heavily emphasise a triplet feel. Lyrical content of trap music typically centres around sex, drugs, and money. 

Notable artists:

Shawty Redd

Gucci Mane

Travis Scott



Young Jeezy

Lil Yachty

21 Savage

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